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OC guys advance with a play-in win over McKay

The unheralded Oregon City Pioneers kept their 2012-13 boys basketball season alive Friday, dropping McKay 52-43 in a Class 6A state play-in game at Oregon City.

Ranked 32nd in the state, after going 1-9 and finishing last in the Three Rivers League, the Pioneers built a 20-15 halftime lead and then played tough at crunch time to put the game on ice.

It was one of the lowest scoring games of the season for the Royal Scots (13-13), who had placed third in the six-team Central Valley Conference, winning six of 10 league games.

Oregon City used a balanced attack to put the Royal Scots away, led by Brad Martin (12 points), Valentino Polk (11 points, 4 assists), Hunter Knighton (10 points) and Cody Hole (9 points, 4 assists).

Oregon City led most of the way, but the Scots went on top briefly near the midpoint of the third period.

Oregon City put the game away near the midpoint of the fourth quarter when Knighton and Martin hit back-to-back treys to open up a 10-point lead.

Martin hit four 3-point baskets on the night.

“Brad’s the most improved player in our program,” said Oregon City coach Aaron Newkirk. “He wasn’t even a starter on jayvee last year. This year he’s our leading rebounder and third on the team in scoring. Brad’s improvement is because of his hard work in the offseason. He’s going to be one the top players for us next season.”

Martin had nine rebounds and three steals to go with his 12 points in last Friday’s state play-in win.

“This is our first play-in win in three years and now we’re 12-12 on the season,” Newkirk said. “It’s a great accomplishment, after a couple of rough seasons.”

The win advanced the Pioneers (12-12) to a Feb. 26 first-round Class 6A state playoff game at Grant. Ranked fourth in the state in the OSAA power rankings, the Generals (19-4, 6-2) finished runner-up to seventh-ranked Sheldon (19-6, 7-1) in the Southwest Oregon Conference.

The winner of the Feb. 26 first-round playoff game will meet 13th-ranked Roseburg (17-6) or 20th-ranked Beaverton (16-7) this Friday in the second round of the 6A playoffs.

The Pioneers stayed with fifth-ranked West Linn for a quarter in last week’s TRL boys basketball final with their cross-river rivals.

But the Lions, who sport the best offense in the TRL (70 points a game), fired up their offense in the second and third quarters and put the Pioneers away, as they prevailed 69-55.

West Linn was up 36-25 at halftime and 57-38 heading into the fourth quarter.

Juniors Ryan Shearmire (20 points, 6 blocked shots) and Hayden Coppedge (12 points), and freshman Payton Pritchard (11 points, 9 assists) led the charge for the Lions.

Knighton (11 points) was the only Pioneer in double digits in scoring.

Cavs stumble

in league final

Keaton Bankofier and Brett Udland scored 22 and 21 points respectively for Clackamas, but it wasn’t enough, as the Cavaliers fell to Canby 68-60 in last week’s league final with the Cougars.

The Cavaliers dug themselves an early hole and were playing catch-up the rest of the way. They trailed 14-8 at the end of the first periods and 34-21 at halftime.

Senior wing Cody Sibel led three Canby players in double figures with 20 points.

With the loss, the Cavaliers (11-12, 4-6) finished the regular season tied with Lakeridge (13-10, 4-6) in third place in the TRL standings. Canby (8-15, 3-7) finished in fifth place.

The TRL’s top three teams gained a bye in last weekend’s play-in round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Clackamas got the league’s third seed by finishing above Lakeridge in the OSAA power rankings. Clackamas and Lakeridge were ranked 22nd and 24th respectively in the final power rankings.

The Cavaliers were to begin postseason play on Tuesday (Feb. 26), playing 11th-ranked Lincoln (13-11) on the road in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. The Cardinals handled Hillsboro, 63-45, in a Friday state play-in game at Lincoln.

Tuesday’s winner will likely meet sixth-ranked South Medford (19-5) in this Friday’s second round of the state playoffs.

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