The Lions lead by six points in the third quarter before the Monarchs pull away

The West Linn boys basketball team is always testing Oregon's best teams.

On Thursday, the Lions got a chance to battle one of the nation's best, pushing Mater Dei of Santa Ana, California, deep into the second half before finally falling 71-59 in the quarterfinals of the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High School.

A big game like that deserves great photos, so here's a slideshow of the best images from Thursday's contest. Click on the big "X" in the upper right-hand corner of the slideshow for fullscreen, then click through and click through again to pick out your favorites.

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