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Pioneers make it six in a row

But they'll likely meet their match at this week's Les Schwab Tournament

BEAVERTON - Oregon City's second-ranked boys basketball team cruised by Beaverton on Dec. 18, rolling to a 33-20 first-half advantage en route to a 71-57 victory.

It was the sixth straight victory in as many games for the Pioneers this season.

Oregon City senior point guard Brad Tinsley (24 points, 8 assists) led four players in double figures in scoring.

Sammy Schafer scored 13 points and hauled down 14 rebounds while battling two big, physical Beaverton postmen.

Kamal Smith tallied 12 and Bryce Kinney scored 10.

The Pioneers are likely to have their hands full this week, as they compete in the prestigious Les Schwab Invitational Holiday Basketball Tournament at Hillsboro's Liberty High School.

The Pioneers were to meet Jefferson of Portland today at 10:30 a.m. in their tournament opener. Should they win that game they'll likely meet Helen Cox High School of Harvey, Louisiana, at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Harvey Cox sports a lineup that includes 6-10 post Greg Monroe, who has been ranked the top senior high school basketball player in the country by Rival.com. Cox has signed a letter of intent with Georgetown University.

Other ranked teams from Oregon in the 16-team field include: top-ranked South Medford, fourth-ranked Grant, fifth-ranked Westview, seventh-ranked Jesuit, eighth-ranked Central Catholic and 12th-ranked Redmond.

Playing in a tough tournament in Phoenix, Arizona, Oregon City's girls basketball team split in their first two games, bouncing back to drop Dobson of Arizona 62-46 on Dec. 20, after yielding to Westview of Arizona 56-47 on Dec. 19.

The Pioneers were plagued by cold shooting in the loss to Westview, which is the No. 1-ranked team in Arizona and was a state finalist in 2007.

'It was a combination of nerves, being young and inexperienced and cold shooting,' said Oregon City coach Kurt Guelsdorf. 'We'd like to play them again, because we think we could beat them.'

Guelsdorf said his Pioneers were 5-for-33 (15 percent) from the field in the first half, when they missed six lay-ups.

Brittany Knighton (14 points) was the only Pioneer to reach double figures in scoring.

Knighton and Lindsey Shearer scored 20 points apiece to lead the Pioneers. They were a combined 16-of-25 (64 percent) from the field.

Dobson was a team that reached the final eight at Arizona's state championships last season.