Friday's top five: Check out the five biggest high school basketball games from Jan. 15
It just got real.
Oregon's best high school basketball teams continued league play Friday night 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.
Ben College, Central Catholic Highs best outside shooter, took a final dribble just outside the 3-point line and began to go up for a shot at sending the game into overtime.
As he tried to lift the ball into shooting position, though, the Clackamas Cavaliers stripped him of it.
And Mt. Hood Conference superiority for now belongs to the Cavs, by a 66-63 margin on Friday at Clackamas High School.
The Beaverton boys basketball team is determined to win the Metro League this year.
But day by day and game by game, the Beavers are learning just what a tough slog that is.
Beaverton got another lesson in that arena and passed yet another test on Friday night pushing past a game Century team 61-58 at Beaverton High School.
The sequence of events culminating Libertys meteoric comeback from down 45-35 with under four minutes left to a 51-50 victory was even more jaw dropping than the resurgence itself.
With Wilsonville leading 50-49 with just over five second left, a Wildcat player held the ball at the end line and decided to transfer inbounding responsibilities to a teammate, but he stepped over the line while holding the ball. Standing a few feet away, the referee saw the error and gave the Falcons the basketball.
In a blur, Liberty wing Blake Walker cut to the rim off a backdoor screen, received a pass and kissed the ball off glass to give Liberty its first lead since 3:50 in the first quarter.
After Wilsonvilles desperation heave missed, Walkers finish became a game-winner.
By the end of Friday's second quarter, the Clackamas Cavaliers were in control, well on their way to a 59-29 girls basketball victory Friday night at home over the Central Catholic Rams.
Clackamas improved to 3-1 in the MHC, tied for second with the Rams and Barlow, all one game behind perennial power Oregon City (4-0).
Every night, the Jesuit girls basketball team wants to bring the same rigor and intensity to the floor no matter the opponent across from them.
The defending Metro champs held Southridge scoreless for the first seven minutes of the third quarter to build a double-figure lead and prevented the scrappy Skyhawks from grazing back into the game in the fourth for a 53-44 win at Jesuit High on Friday. With the conquest the Crusaders (11-2, 3-0) took over sole possession of first in Metro. Southridge fell to 9-4 and 2-1 in Metro.