Cavaliers survive kamikaze defense

Tenth-ranked Clackamas improves to 5-1 with a 60-54 win at Franklin

PORTLAND - Despite problems dealing with Franklin's aggressive half-court trapping press, Clackamas prevailed 60-54 in a boys basketball game played here Dec. 18.

'We started out really well,' said Clackamas coach Jeff Bair. 'Then they went kamikaze on us. I haven't seen that kind of kamikaze [defensive] pressure in a long time. It was like pulling your goalie in hockey. They really came after the guy with the ball.'

The Cavaliers committed 22 turnovers in the game, but fortunately they handled the defensive pressure better in the second half.

Clackamas had balanced scoring. Craig Seiler (12 points) and Jake Mauermann (11 points) headed a balanced offense that saw nine Clackamas players put points on the scoreboard.

'We played 10 guys in the first quarter,' Bair observed. 'We're trying to develop some depth.'

Bair singled out guards Andrew Earnest and Spencer Bankofier for their poised play.

'Andrew and Spencer got us into our offense and they made good decisions,' Bair said. 'They're not the tallest guys on the floor but they got eight rebounds. And they only had four turnovers between them.'

With the victory the Cavaliers improved their record to 5-1 in preseason. They were ranked 10th in the state in last week's Class 6A coaches poll.

But there was some bad news for the Cavaliers following the Franklin game. Starting post Craig Seiler, a 2007 second-team all-league selection, was suspended indefinitely for 'violation of a team policy,' Bair said.

The Cavaliers are in Medford Thursday through Saturday competing in an eight-team tournament. They play Red Bluff, Calif., in their opener.