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PIL alums lead JC tourney teams

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Some former Portland Interscholastic League players helped teams place high in the recent National Junior College Athletic Association Division I tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.

Former Benson High stars Nick Burns and Bryson Hampton played for Seward County Community College, of Liberal, Kan. The Saints beat Three Rivers CC 81-63 in the third-place game as the 6-1 Burns had 20 points.

Burns averaged 12 points a game for Seward County (32-6). The 6-8 Hampton had 22 rebounds in four NJCAA tourney games.

Former Jefferson players Dontae Bryant, Jonathan Scott and Markhuri Frison-Sanders played key roles as Eastern Arizona College of Thatcher, Ariz., placed fifth at nationals.

The Gila Monsters (31-6) beat Indian Hills CC 70-63 in their final game. The 6-2 Bryant had 11 points and 11 rebounds - his second 11-rebound game of the tournament. He averaged 8.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists in four NJCAA games.

The 6-8 Scott had a 10-rebound game and the 6-8 Frison-Sanders had a 16-point game in the tournament.

• Oregon-bound Michael Dunigan impressed onlookers with his hardworking approach at the McDonald's All-American game this week in Milwaukee, Wis.

The 6-10, 250-pound Dunigan needs some polish, but he runs the court, rebounds, blocks shots and goes up strong at the basket, the Ducks say. He also has a 4.0 grade-point average.

Dunigan averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks for Farragut High of Chicago. He had six points, two rebounds and one block in the McDonald's prep game.

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