Scoring 46 points at Sandy jump-started the recruiting hot line for Central Catholic's Corey Allen last week.

Allen equaled the performance of Grant's Dominic Waters, who had 46 in a game during the Les Schwab Invitational last month.

And, as happened with Waters, the phone started ringing for Allen.

'He had some interest before that game,' says Steve Halligan, who has been the Rams coach for two decades. 'But it really picked up after that game.'

Allen, a 6-5 senior forward, leads the Rams in scoring (21.3 points per game), rebounding (7.5) and assists (5.0).

'That's the disappointing thing about recruiting Ñ it tends to focus a lot of attention on scoring,' Halligan says. 'Here's a kid who does so many things for our team, and he's an unselfish player. But to get noticed it takes scoring.'

The Rams, who play at Barlow tonight, seem capable of playing with most teams in the state, having lost by just two points at No. 3 Hillsboro earlier in the season. They're also getting strong play from seniors Mark Grbavac, Mike Bianco and Chad Koenig.

• Ice postponed Saturday's Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational at Jefferson for one week, giving both the Democrats and Benson an extra day off in preparation for tonight's battle at Jeff for first place in PIL boys hoops.

Both teams are 6-0 in league, although Benson nearly dropped a road game at Cleveland on Thursday, edging the Warriors 46-45 in overtime.

Jefferson, meanwhile, beat undermanned Grant 100-53 on Thursday in a game that drew roughly 1,200 fans.

• A 27-point performance from Shadae Smith helped Jefferson's girls beat Grant 77-55 on Friday. The win kept the Lady Demos (5-3) in a tie for third place in the volatile Portland Interscholastic League, which has six teams dueling for second, third and fourth place.

Benson (5-3) began a stretch of four straight home games by ending Cleveland's four-game win streak, 63-44, getting 18 points from Brea Douglas. The Techsters had played just two of their first seven league games at home. Benson plays host to Jefferson tonight and Wilson (6-2) on Thursday.

• If there is a league that is as competitive as PIL girls, it might be the Class 2A Northwest League in boys basketball.

Last week, Portland Christian, Portland Adventist and Portland Lutheran were ranked among the state's top 10. De La Salle and Knappa also are competing for the three state playoff berths. Portland Christian, which has a victory over Class 3A Gladstone this season, plays at De La Salle on Wednesday and at Knappa on Friday.

• Friday's 58-47 win over Lake Oswego put Oregon City back into a three-team tie for first place in the Three Rivers League girls basketball standings. The Pioneers have won the league for 11 straight years. Senior Jen Oyler and junior Kristen Zimel, both averaging about 15 points per game, lead OC.

Lake Oswego's success has come without a dominant scorer. Senior Jenna Brown leads the Lakers at 9.5 points per game.

Lakeridge, the other team tied for the league lead, is getting 22 points per game from senior Jillian Harmon.

The next key league game is Lakeridge at Lake Oswego on Jan. 28.

Ñ Cliff Pfenning

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