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Three West Linn players step up for Oregon in Northwest Shootout

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Khalid Thomas, Braden Olsen and Kennedy Fulcher finish their careers with wins

TIDINGS PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn's Khalid Thomas goes up for two of the 32 points he scored in Saturday's Northwest Shootout at Liberty High School. Thomas and his Oregon team won 140-135 in overtime.Oregon's best senior high school basketball players got together one last time on Saturday in the annual Northwest Shootout.

And right there in the middle of it all, battling against Washington's best at Liberty High School, were three of West Linn's best. Khalid Thomas and Braden Olsen competed for Oregon in the boys team's 140-135 overtime win over Washington, while Lion senior Kennedy Fulcher played for the Oregon girls in their 84-76 victory.

Boys game

The Oregon-Washington boys game looked very much like an NBA all-star game, with players flying up and down the court, throwing down dunks and raining three-pointers with impunity. And in another similarity to the NBA's highlight contest, when Saturday's Oregon-Washington game got close down the stretch, the two teams got serious, bore down and went at it tooth and nail trying to lock up the win.

In the end, it was Oregon that pulled away with an 18-13 scoring edge in OT to win 140-135 — it was Oregon's fifth straight win in the series.



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