Ryan Potter leads Molalla to a come-from-behind overtime victory

Ranked 12th in the state in Class 4A boys basketball, the Molalla Indians last week upset fourth-ranked La Salle, winning 54-50 in overtime, at La Salle.

La Salle had its biggest lead of the night, at 11 points, near the midpoint of the third period.

But then Molalla senior guard Ryan Potter put his team on his back, taking advantage of a plethora of La Salle turnovers and his own sharp shooting to rally his team to the upset victory.

After scoring just five points in the first half, Potter scored 19 more points in the second half and in the overtime.

Potter (24 points), 6-7 senior post Bradley Hagaman (12 points) and senior guard Emmanuel Ramos (12 points) paced the Indians in scoring.

Sean Hays (18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists) and Jacob McGraw (15 points) were the only La Salle players in double figures in scoring.

The Falcons converted at a .523 clip from the field in the loss, dropping in 22-of-42 shots from the floor. They outrebounded the Indians 28-17. But 16 turnovers proved costly.

“We had the better shot chart,” said La Salle coach Jared Curtiss. “We outrebounded them by double digits. We just couldn't get to the foul line and match those points. And we only forced nine turnovers, while we had our worst game holding the ball, committing 17 (turnovers).”

The loss ended a Falcon win string at 13 games.

La Salle (17-2, 4-1) and Molalla (12-6, 4-1) finished the first half of the Tri-Valley Conference season tied for first place in the league standings. Thirteenth-ranked Gladstone (10-6, 3-2) and 11th-ranked Madras (12-7, 3-2) were tied for third place.

La Salle and Gladstone were to meet Tuesday (Feb. 5) at La Salle. La Salle plays North Marion (6-13, 1-4) on the road this Friday, and the Falcons entertain Madras next Tuesday.

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