Ranked fourth in the state in Class 4A, the La Salle Falcons are proving themselves a force to contend with in high school boys basketball.

The Falcons last Friday upped their season record to 10-1 with a 60-27 rout of Scappoose. Through 11 preseason games they’d outscored opponents by an average of 20 points a game, 62-42.

They won first place at the recent Sisters Invitational, posting wins over Burns (77-33), 10th-ranked Henley (49-45) and over the host Outlaws (51-33).

La Salle’s only loss in preseason came on Dec. 18, when the Falcons fell 61-51 at top-ranked and undefeated Cascade. They spotted the Cougars an 18-6 lead in the first quarter of that game and played them even the rest of the way.

“[The game with Henley] was a physical game that really showed what we are made of,” said La Salle coach Jared Curtiss. “We dominated the glass (plus 13 rebounds) and shooting percentage. We had some issues with poise that turned a 13-point game into a 2-point game with two minutes remaining....

“Jacob McGraw fouled out with 7:35 left and Sean Hays sat the first 4:08 of the fourth quarter [in foul trouble]....

“Our team is all of roster and not just two guys, and we demonstrated that versus Henley. We had our leading scorers and rebounders missing a combined 13 minutes in the last frame.”

McGraw, Hays and Ian Johnson have been the offensive leaders for La Salle this winter, averaging 37.6 points a game between them. Through play last weekend, McGraw was averaging 16.4 points — with thirteen 3-pointers — while connecting with .532 accuracy; Hays was averaging 11.5 points while shooting at a .626 clip; Johnson was averaging 9.7 points — with eleven 3-pointers — while connecting on .527 of his shots from the floor.

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