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Scots turn back Centennial, clinch playoffs

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - David Douglas Micah Sherman and Jacob Bostiog form a red wall under the basket while battling for a rebound in Fridays win at Centennial.

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The David Douglas boys basketball team used a big third quarter to outlast Centennial 66-58, ruin the Eagles’ senior night and secure that fourth-place finish and a guaranteed spot into the 6A playoffs.

“I think the team knew what was at stake,” David Douglas coach Chad Reeves said. “I definitely think the kids were as focused and ready as they needed to be.”

David Douglas has typically found success this season when it effectively and consistently attacks the rim on the offensive end. The Scots mixed things up a bit on Friday. They did get it the hoop at times, but also found success from the perimeter. David Douglas made six 3-pointers in the first half and three more in the first two minutes of the third quarter.

Charles Jones finished with a game-high 26 points.

The Scots close out the regular season at No. 3-ranked Clackamas tonight. Centennial (11-12) finishes at Gresham, needing a win and some help to move up into one of the 6A wildcard spots. Otherwise, the Eagles will land in one of the play-in qualifiers.

Look for expanded game coverage in our Tuesday, Feb. 23, print edition.