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Lions top No. 1 Lake Oswego, will play for the state title

by: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn junior Ryan Sheamire gets ready to put up the game-winning shot with seconds left in the game.West Linn High School will play for its first basketball state championship since it won the title in 1997. The third time was the charm for the Lions against No. 1 and undefeated Lake Oswego.

After losing a pair of lopsided regular season contests to the Lakers, the Lions played with toughness and confidence in a 37-36 upset.

West Linn led by a slim margin for much of the game but got a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Anthony Mathis at the end of the third period to lead 33-26, it's largest advantage of the game.

The Lions tried to hold the ball in the fourth quarter but Lake Oswego tied the game with less than four minutes to play.

West Linn only scored four points in the fourth quarter, all coming from post Ryan Shearmire.

The final two points came on a bucket with 20 seconds left to put the Lions up 37-36.

Lake Oswego had its opportunities but the Lions came up with three steals in the final minute, the last of which came on an inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds left to seal the victory.

Mathis led the Lions with 10 points. Calvin Hermanson led all scorers with 20 for the Lakers.

West Linn will play the winner of Jesuit and Central Catholic for the championship at 8:30 p.m. at the Rose Garden on Saturday.



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