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Gophers try to upset state's No. 1 team

BOYS BASKETBALL - Gresham travels to Lake Oswego for playoff
by: Matthew Ginn, Gresham guard Travis Dorn tries to find an opening along the sideline during the Gophers' first-round win against Sprague on Wednesday night.

Gresham has a chance to pull off the season's biggest upset when it travels to No. 1-ranked Lake Oswego for a second-round playoff game at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

The Gophers (18-7) will try to slow the pace against the defending champion Lakers in an attempt to limit the number of times UCLA-bound center Kevin Love touches the ball.

'If you try to play a normal game against them, he is going to get his points and you don't have much chance,' Gophers' coach Todd Nagel said. 'Our plan is to be patient on our end of the court and limit their possessions.'

Lake Oswego (23-1) has cruised through the regular season, beating 11 opponents by 30 points or more. The Lakers only setback came against No. 2 South Medford in December.

'They've been jumping on teams early and then you get into catch-up mode,' Nagel said. 'If we get down early, we need to make sure we stick to our game plan.'

Gresham may be more prepared to defend Love than many opponents, as the Gophers can rotate a pair of big bodies in the paint. Germaine Streeter has been a consistent rebounder all season, while Chris Weitzel matches up physically with his 6-foot-6-inch, 290-pound frame.

The winner of Saturday's game earns a berth in the eight-team state tournament to start Thursday, March 8, at the University of Oregon.

'They are probably already making their plans for Eugene,' Nagel said. 'We have nothing to lose, and our kids are excited to take their shot and see what happens.'