Friday's top five: Check out the five biggest high school basketball games from Jan. 29
Another day, another ...
You thought I was going to say "dollar," right?
Nope this is about hoop. Another day, another "three," another jaw-dropping blocked shot, another fast break basket that moves one team closer to a playoff berth and another closer to despair.
It was all 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.
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.
The Tualatin High School girls basketball team took a one-point into the fourth quarter in its game with Sherwood.
The Timberwolves then didn't score in the first 7 minutes and 45 seconds of the final stanza.
But and here's the kicker they won.
Tualatin, shutting out the Lady Bowmen in the fourth quarter, and getting three free throws from senior Tamika Etherly in the final 14.4 seconds on of the contest, came away with a 27-23 victory in the Three Rivers League game played Friday at Sherwood High School.
Trailing defending Metro champion and 2015 Class 6A runner-up Jesuit 33-23 at the start of the third quarter on Friday night, Beaverton could have easily mailed in the rest of the evening. After all, the Beavers hadn't won a game in the Knight Center since 1996. Nobody would've batted an eye at another Beaverton loss to the blue-blooded Crusaders.
Yet, after Jesuit's Chukka Mekkam and Malcolm Porter made consecutive three-pointers, Beaverton blew up for a 25-2 run that began in the third quarter and lasted long into the fourth. By then, the Beavers were up 46-37 midway through the final frame and fought off Porter and company in the waning minutes to pull out a huge 51-42 win on the road.
An elephant engulfed the Canby High School gymnasium for over one week.
Celebrated former student-athlete AJ Schlatters death Jan. 17 impacted every Canby girls basketball player directly or indirectly.
While their hearts ached, their play slumped during a lopsided loss to Tualatin and even a win over St. Marys.
But the Cougars rediscovered the play that vaulted them to a top-five 6A ranking and defeated Lake Oswego 70-59 on Friday.
After Valley Catholic wiped out a 12-point Banks lead late in the game, the Braves stood strong, held the Valiants scoreless for the final 3:45 of the contest and held on to win 43-40 at Banks High School on Friday. The victory lifted Banks' Cowapa League record to 4-0 (15-3 overall) and gave the Braves sole possession of first place in the Cowapa.
Banks, trailing Valley Catholic late in the third quarter, clamped down defensively, got its offensive house in order and took over for the final 13 minutes of the game, eventually pulling away to win 52-44 at Banks High School on Friday. The win lifted the 15th-ranked Braves' Cowapa League record to 2-2 (10-8 overall) and put them in a third-place tie with the both Seaside and the Valiants (2-2 in Cowapa play, 11-6 overall).