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by: JIM CLARK, Larry Richards scored 20 points and Roosevelt advanced to the Class 5A state tournament with a 55-42 win over Crook County on Friday. The Roughriders play Churchill in the first round Wednesday.

State tournaments

(at McArthur Court)

Class 6A

Thursday's first round: McKay (21-5) vs. Sheldon (20-6), 1:30 p.m.; Westview (21-5) vs. Lake Oswego (24-1), 3:15 p.m.; Canby (22-5) vs. Jesuit (22-3), 6:30 p.m.; South Medford (25-2) vs. Grant (17-8), 8:15 p.m.

Friday's semifinals: 3:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m. (consolation semis at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m.)

Saturday: Consolation final for fourth place, 10:45 a.m.; third-place game, 3:15 p.m.; championship game, 8:15 p.m.

Playoff notes: Grant got into the tourney field by winning 60-51 at Central Catholic on Saturday. Grant point guard Paul McCoy, the PIL 6A player of the year, scored 22 points. 'He just wouldn't be stopped. He was not going to let us lose,' says Grant coach Tony Broadous. … 'I wanted it really bad,' McCoy says. 'I know all those South Medford guys. They're beatable, and they're going to underestimate us. It's going to be fun.' … Grant opened the playoffs with a 68-58 home win over Redmond, a few days after a double-overtime, 68-66 loss to Benson cost the Generals the league title. 'That one really hurt,' says McCoy, who scored 22 points against Redmond and 43 versus Benson. 'We had it, and we knew we gave it away, but the guys were determined to get to the tourney regardless. We got after them (Central Catholic). We've played tough teams all year. Now we've got nothing to lose and everything to gain.' … Benson bowed out of the tourney with a 71-56 loss to Canby. Tech finished 13-13.

Lake Oswego can become the first back-to-back champion at the state's highest level since North Eugene and Danny Ainge won the 4A crown in 1976 and 1977. … LO lost in the 2005 final to Jesuit 57-53. The last school to make it to the championship game three years in a row was Grant, which won titles in 1986 and 1988 and took second in 1987. … The Lakers have won 18 games in a row, but the longest winning streak of anyone in the tourney belongs to Canby (19 straight).

Lincoln and Central Catholic are the only league champions not in the Eugene field. Lincoln lost 70-67 to Sheldon on Saturday to finish 17-8 in PIL 6A coach of the year David Adelman's first season. The Rams were within one point of Grant, 28-27, at halftime, but then shot 26 percent field in the second half. Central was outscored 12-4 in the third quarter. 'The third quarter has always been our big one,' says first-year coach Mike Petrino. 'But it was the toughest shooting night we've had in a long time.' The Rams went 13-1 to win the Mount Hood Conference by two games over Gresham. 'I love our guys this year; we accomplished a lot of things,' Petrino says.

Class 5A

Wednesday's first round: Churchill (19-7) vs. Roosevelt (18-7), 1:30 p.m.; Mountain View (18-6) vs. Hillsboro (20-5), 3:15 p.m.; Jefferson (18-7) vs. Corvallis (23-1), 6:30 p.m.; Ashland (19-7) vs. North Eugene (25-0), 8:15 p.m.

Thursday's consolation semifinals: 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m.

Friday's semifinals: 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: Consolation final for fourth place, 9 a.m.; third-place game, 1:30 p.m.; championship game, 6:30 p.m.

Playoff notes: PIL 5A champ Roosevelt plays the tourney opener against a Churchill team that went 4-1 against 6A competition and defeated Cleveland 62-47 in late December. … The Roughriders made it to Eugene with a 55-42 victory Saturday over Crook County in the biggest home game in any sport at Roosevelt in years. The Cowboys brought several hundred fans to help fill the gym, and the Prineville team was leading 33-27 early in the third quarter. Roosevelt scored the next 14 points, though, to gain control. 'The biggest game I've ever played in -it was crazy, exciting, intense,' says Isaiah Johnson, who also starred in football for Roosevelt. … Crook County had size in 6-8 David Reeher; Otho Lesure was the Riders' tallest player at 6-3. 'Coach (Robert Key) told us to keep going at him,' Lesure says.

Reeher led Crook County with 15 points, but sophomore point guard Larry Richards scored 20. 'He gets better every day,' Key says. 'Every day there's something different about him. He's always looking to add to his knowledge of the game.' … Roosevelt stepped up its defensive pressure in the second half, too. 'We got 'em tired,' Johnson says. … Says Key, the PIL 5A coach of the year who grew up in the old Columbia Villa: 'I dedicate this to North Portland. The overall excitement here, the spirit, the people who are making donations. … It's a great feeling.'

Jefferson has played probably the toughest schedule of anyone in the final eight. The Democrats lost early in the season to two California teams, Westview and Aloha, then beat Sheldon and Canby, split with Jesuit and downed Grant. … North Eugene is the only unbeaten team in the state at any level. … Corvallis' only loss came during a holiday tournament to Henry Foss of Tacoma, Wash. The Spartans have beaten Churchill, along with 6A tourney teams McKay and Sheldon, Clackamas and South Salem.

- Tribune staff