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Ice-cold shooting sinks OC


by:  JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City senior guard Valentino Polk goes on the attack in last Thursdays game with Beaverton.OREGON CITY — The Oregon City Pioneers fell to Beaverton 56-49 in a preseason boys basketball game played here Dec. 20, but the game was a confidence-builder for the Pioneers.

It was the seventh win in eight games for the Beavers, who were ranked eighth in the OSAA power rankings.

And the Pioneers (6-2) would have won the game, had it not been for ice-cold shooting. The Pioneers found the mark on only 31 percent of their shots from the field (18-for-58), while the Beavers shot at a .540 clip (20-for-37).

And many of Oregon City’s misses were on shots taken close to the basket. They missed the mark on no fewer than 24 shots that were either lay-ins or putbacks.

Still the game was close all the way. When Oregon City senior guard Cody Hole took the ball to the basketball for a 3-point play with 1:57 left in the third period it was a 37-37 tie.

Oregon City sophomore wing Austin DeWitz’ rebound basket with 26 seconds left in the game made it a three-point game, at 52-49. But the Beavers answered three Oregon City misses with 4-for-4 free throw shooting in the final 23 seconds to ice the game.

The Beavers led 29-26 at halftime, thanks to unconscious shooting by 6-4 senior forward Davasyia Hagger, who finished with a game-high 22 points, including 18 before the intermission.

Senior Valentino Polk hit four treys and scored 15 points to lead Oregon City.

The Pioneers were tough on defense, forcing 19 turnovers, while committing only 10. Hole had five steals on the night; Brad Martin had four.

“If we had rebounded better, we would have won that game,” Polk said. “If we had kept Hagger off the glass, he would have had half as many points.”