Friday's top five: Check out the five biggest high school basketball games from Feb. 5
The rain fell hard across the metropolitan area on Friday night, and so, too, did the three-pointers, ranked opponents and league foes.
Indeed, all that and more was on display Friday night as Oregon's best high school basketball teams continued league play and took yet another step forward in the race to the 2016 state playoffs.
And with all that excitement going on, Community Newspapers was there to document a bunch of it.
Among the games covered by Community Newspapers' sports editors, reporters and photographers on Friday night, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the power rankings for weeks to come.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at the top five results from Friday's contests. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the new Prep Basketball tab to see it, just hover over the Sports tab on all our websites.
When Friday night's game between the Clackamas and Oregon City girls basketball teams started, it looked like a potential upset.
Over the next 16 minutes, it morphed into a tooth-and-nail struggle.
But from the final five minutes of the third quarter to the game's end, the Pioneers turned the contest into a rout.
Third-ranked Oregon City outscored No. 13 Clackamas by 11 points in the game's final 13 minutes and used that edge to forge a 56-39 win at Oregon City High School.
The schedule says there's still five games left in the regular season, but you wouldn't have known it on Friday night everything about the Clackamas boys basketball team's 55-53 win over Oregon City said playoffs.
Canby players converged at center court, smiled from ear-to-ear , hugged and basked in victory while the Canby High Pack The Gym Night crowd frenzied in the stands at the games conclusion.
Like their loss to Tigard Jan. 12, the Cougars fought to the bitter end against a quality basketball team Friday, this time vs. West Linn.
Except this time, they owned the moments that mattered most.
The No. 7 ranked Cougars (16-4, 9-3) won the battle with the No. 13-ranked Lions 79-75 and grabbed hold of second place in the Three Rivers League.
Beaverton withstood Sunset's meteor shower of outside shooting after getting incinerated by seven three-pointers in the first half, holding its Metro foe to a trio of insignificant fourth- quarter "threes." Meanwhile, the Beavers' own pipe bomb of an offensive attack exploded with a second-half shooting display of their own, all of which amounted to an 80-72 win on Friday at Beaverton High.
Thanks to some hot shooting in the first half and a perfectly-executed fourth quarter, the Tigard girls basketball team dispatched Newberg 63-47 to collect its 10th straight victory Friday night at Newberg High Schools McGrath Gymnasium.