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Spickerman sinks Clackamas

But the Cavaliers still get a pretty good seed in the state playoffs

CLACKAMAS - The Clackamas Cavaliers didn't have an answer for Brenton Spickerman, and the West Linn Lions rallied around the 6-6 sophomore for a 71-59 victory on Feb. 20.

Spickerman had a career night, scoring 28 points and corralling a dozen rebounds. He was 8-of-12 from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Spickerman attacked the basket for 10 points as the Lions built an 18-13 first-quarter lead. They widened the gap to 37-29 by halftime, and coasted home from there.

Defense was also a key for the Lions. West Linn sophomore guards Bryce Baker and Ryan Barnes stuck to Cavalier veteran point guard Robbie Kunke like glue, and Kunke was held to just 2 points, 10 below his average.

Clackamas junior guard Michael Young tallied a career-high 19 points to pace the Cavaliers in scoring.

The Cavaliers bounced back to win a 52-50 heartstopper from Lakeridge in last Thursday's Three Rivers League final.

The Cavaliers out-scored the host Pacers 21-13 in the fourth quarter to rally to the win.

Robbie Kunke (11 points), Cody Cawthorn (10 points), Jake Mauermann (9 points) and Craig Seiler (9 points) headed a balanced offensive effort.

The Cavaliers (16-8, 7-5) finished fourth in the TRL standings, a game back of West Linn (17-7, 8-4) and two games back of sixth-ranked Oregon City (19-6, 9-3).

Still, despite their No. 4 seed in the Class 6A state playoffs, they get a pretty good draw.

They were to meet 10th-ranked McKay (19-5) on the road in tonight's state playoff opener. If they get by the Royal Scots, they'll meet McMinnville (16-8) or Sunset (12-12) on the road in Saturday's second round.

McKay lost to West Linn twice (67-62 and 79-70) during the regular season.

McMinnville lost to West Linn 63-53 and split with Milwaukie.