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Saints pull off surprise over Chemeketa

The Mt. Hood men’s basketball team knocked off first-place Chemeketa 87-84 on its home court Wednesday night, overcoming a five-point halftime deficit to get the win.

The Saints powered their comeback from beyond the 3-point arc where they connected on 5 of 9 (.555) attempts in the second half. Jalen Thomas led that effort with three long bombs and finished with 17 points, while center Mac Johnson led Mt. Hood with 21 points and seven rebounds. Barlow High graduate Brock Otis scored 12.

Chemeketa (17-8) dropped into a first place tie with SW Oregon (14-11) atop the South Region standings, while Mt. Hood (10-14) needs a win over Linn-Benton at home Saturday combined with losses by Portland and Clackamas to force a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff berth.

? The Mt. Hood women’s team was doubled up 86-43 after falling behind by 23 points at halftime. Whitney Warren led the Saints with 12 points, while Hannah Mocaby added nine. Mt. Hood went just 3 for 18 (.167) from beyond the arc in the second half.

Portland pair remains on top for goals

Troy Rutkowski, Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan each scored to power the Winterhawks to a 3-0 road win at Kamloops on Wednesday night. Petan and Leipsic remain tied for the scoring lead in the Western Hockey League with 42 goals apiece for the season.

Portland goalie Mac Carruth made 27 saves, as the Winterhawks recorded their 12th shutout of the season. The team also set a franchise record for road wins with 24 and broke the century mark for points for the third straight season.

Portland (49-9-1-2) continues its northern road trip with back-to-back games at Prince George on Friday and Saturday.

Wallace’s head just misses the mark

The Portland Timbers suffered a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas in a preseason match Wednesday night at Jeld-Wen Field. FC Dallas scored off a corner kick in the 16th minute when Blas Perez deflected the ball out of the penalty area. The Timbers had a chance for the equalizer early in the second half when Rodney Wallace flicked a header toward the goal only to have it sail wide of the post.

Portland wraps up the preseason at home at 5 p.m. Saturday against AIK.