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Hot shooting leads Saints past Lane

by: THE POST: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hoods Blake Updike scored a team-high 24 points in Saturdays win over Lane CC.

The Mt. Hood CC men’s basketball team relied on accurate scoring to pick up a key 84-72 win over the visiting Lane Titans on Saturday night.

The Saints stayed hot all night, finishing the game 24 of 39 (.615) from the field. Despite the torrid shooting, too many first-half turnovers left Mt. Hood trailing by five heading into the locker room. Lane put up 12 more shots than the Saints over the first 20 minutes.

Mt. Hood CC cleaned up its play after the break and rushed the basket coming up one hoop short of 50 points in the second half.

Blake Updike led the attack with 24 points, including 4 of 7 (.571) shooting from beyond the arc, while also missing just once in 11 tries at the free-throw line.

Landon Rushton added 14 points, while Kyle McMaster had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The win puts Mt. Hood (8-12) into a tie with Portland CC for the South Region's final playoff spot and brings them within a single game of Lane and SW Oregon in the race for second place.

? The Mt. Hood women’s team got whalloped 83-39 to open the night, falling behind by 31 points by the half. Lane held a 27-0 edge in second-chance points after out rebounding the Saints by 34.

Mt. Hood’s Sadie Jenks and Kirsten Shockman knocked down three 3s apiece to share the scoring lead with nine points.

Duewiger sixth at Mt. Hood Meadows

Sandy High skier Holly Duewiger placed sixth in the giant slalom at Mt. Hood Meadows on Saturday, putting together a two-run time of 1:19.11, while teammate Kim Smith finished 10th in 1:21.62. Hood River won the girls team race and had the day’s top three skiers, led by Lucy McLean in 1:07.41.

Liam Beckman led the Sandy boys team with a ninth-place effort, covering his two runs in 1:15.74. Eli Holeman of The Dalles won the race in 1:07.07, while Hood River came out on top in the boys team race.

Timbers open with friendly win

The Portland Timbers opened training camp this week with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at the Desert Friendlies hosted at training camp in Tuscon, Ariz. Portland got goals from Diego Valeri, Kalif Alhassan and Jose Valencia and took a shutout into the final minutes of play. New Timbers coach Caleb Porter had 23 players see action in the exhibition match.