Westview's boys fall to West Linn and miss a chance at state

There are challenges in every season, but once again in 2013, the Metro League’s best usually showed that they were up for those tests.

Jesuit 45, Sprague 38

BEAVERTON — The Metro League champion Crusaders — that would be the five-time Metro champion and four-time state champion Crusaders — did get a challenge in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Friday.

Jesuit, hosting Central Valley Conference runner-up Sprague on Friday night, saw the Olympians rally to tie the game at 30-30 a couple minutes into the fourth quarter of their game at Jesuit High School.

But Jesuit seniors Khyan Rayner and Xavier Coleman buried three-pointers on back-to-back possessions, and the Crusaders accelerated from there to a 45-38 victory. The win lifted second-ranked Jesuit’s record to 23-2 and sent it on to face Metro foe Sunset in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A state tournament last night (Wednesday) at the Rose Garden after the Valley Times’ press deadline. No. 18 Sprague ended its year at 14-13.

Coleman led the Crusaders with 12 points, Sean Milligan added 11, Ryan Bay had 10 and Rayner 6. Tanner Morgan led Sprague with 17 points while teammate A.J. Lapray added 11 points in the loss.

West Linn 69, Westview 54

WEST LINN — The Westview boys basketball team felt that it was playing its best ball of the season.

The 12th-ranked Wildcats entered Friday’s second-round Class 6A state playoff game against West Linn as winners of four of their last five games, and owners of a second-place tie in the powerful Metro League.

Unfortunately, West Linn was even hotter.

The fifth-ranked Lions — runners-up in the Three Rivers League — came in having won seven of their last eight, then added the Wildcats to their list of victims as well. West Linn rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to pull away from the Wildcats 69-54 at West Linn High School, its efforts led by 16 points by Ryan Shearmire, 15 from Anthony Mathis and another 12 by Jarrod Howard.

The win lifted West Linn’s season record to 20-6 and sent the Lions on to face Grant in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament yesterday (Wednesday) after the Valley Times’ press deadline. Westview, meanwhile, saw its season end with a record of 14-11.

The Wildcats, led by Dyrall Goods’ 24 points, 12 from Isiah Denson and another 10 by Mitch McConnell, sped out to a 21-19 first-quarter lead against the Lions, then took its edge into the half at 33-31.

But West Linn took over in the third, outscored the Cats 19-12 in the period, then put the game on ice with a 19-9 scoring edge in the fourth.

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