Eastside teams chase Central Catholic
Central Catholic remains the team to beat in Mount Hood Conference boys basketball this season after racing to the league title last season with a 22-6 record, which saw the Rams play in the Rose Garden for the 6A state tournament.
The Rams are off to an 8-3 start this year with two of their losses coming against top-ranked Lake Oswego, while the other was a loss to West Linn in a rematch of last years state quarterfinals.
Following are previews of the five East County schools
The Bruins were the only league team to hand Central Catholic a loss last season, winning 66-64 at mid-season, and Barlow appears to be the most likely contender for a similar upset this winter.
The Bruins are off to a 9-2 start with their only losses coming to Jefferson, the top-ranked team at 5A, and to Service High, a powerhouse out of Alaska. Out of its nine wins, eight have come by double-digit margins the most impressive being a 55-40 win over No. 8 Sunset.
Leading the way in the backcourt are Kody Kennedy and Duncan Otis, while Jake Ellis is a threat around the 3-point arc, as well.
Offensively, we shoot the ball well from the perimeter, Barlow coach Tom Johnson said. Were not overly physical, but this is a senior-dominated team and they feel like it is their time.
Center Cody Powers is the teams main option under the basket and a force on the boards.
He gives us an inside presence, and hes really worked to become a better passer, Johnson said.
For recaps of the other East County schools pick up our Tuesday, Jan. 8, print edition.Add a comment