Boys basketball: Oregon City hands Clackamas first league loss, 49-46
Trailing by seven points with seven minutes to play, Oregon City's boys' basketball team wasn't ready to concede anything to Clackamas on Tuesday night.
Clackamas had seized the momentum, but there was still time for the Pioneers to mount a comeback if they could just get a bounce or two to go their way.
That's when they Cavaliers started missing some free throws.
Oregon City's Teron Bradford got the ball after the Cavaliers missed a free throw -- their sixth miss from the line in the fourth quarter -- and scored the go-ahead basket with 5.4 seconds left, leading the Pioneers to a 49-46 Mt. Hood Conference home win.
"We just had to keep our composure, take care of the ball, and get some stops on defense," said Bradford, who finished with a game-high 20 points. "That win was huge, considering we hadn't beaten Clackamas since my freshman year.
"We'd lost four straight conference games, and I'm just proud that I was able to win one on my home court senior year."
Corban Remsberg finished with 13 points and Tyler Quinsey had eight as the Pioneers (9-5, 3-1 Mt. Hood) snapped Clackamas' 34-game league winning streak -- a string that stretched over parts of four seasons.
Cole Turner scored a team-high 19 points and Mitchell Modjeski had 13 for the Cavaliers (6-10, 3-1), who had leads of 18-13 at the end of the first quarter, 27-24 at halftime, and 38-34 after three.
"It never really got away from us," Cavaliers coach Cameron Mitchell said. "I think it just came down to free throws. We missed six free throws in the fourth quarter, and if we make a couple of those, the game's over and we're not even really talking about that.
"The positive thing is tht there's not a whole lot that we did poorly. It's just that you've got to make your free throws and maybe knock down a three-pointer. I don't think we had a three-pointer in the whole second half."
Turner made one of two free throws and then scored inside for Clackamas' first three points of the fourth quarter, giving the Cavaliers a 41-34 led with 6:50 to play.
Oregon City then went on an 11-3 run, taking a 45-44 lead when Remsburg grabbed an offensive rebound off a Trevor Sheldon miss and scored with 2:28 to play.
Modjeski put the Cavaliers back in front 46-45 when he followed up his own miss and scored with 1:11 left.
Clackamas' Ryan Ahlstrom got the ball back on a steal and the Cavaliers worked it to Modjeski, who got fouled and went to the line to shoot a one-and-one with 19.1 seconds remaining.
Modjeski missed the first free throws, Remsburg grabbed the rebound for Oregon City and got the ball to Bradford, who drove around Jaha at the top of the lane and went to the basket strong over Dane Agost and Turner to make it 47-46.
"I was waiting for a double tam to come at me and I didn't seem much, so I just ran right by them," Bradford said. "I had to go up pretty strong, but I figured I was either going to make that shot or I'm going to get a foul called."
After a timeout with three seconds left, Clackamas threw a length-of-the-floor pass in the direction of Agost, the 6-foot-6 senior, but the ball sailed out of bounds without being touched.
Oregon City then inbounded the ball under its own basket to Remsburg for the game's final basket on a lay-in as time expired.
"That was a great game for us" Remsburg said. "We played together as a team, we played hard and we played to win. To win on our home court against Clackamas, that's just going to give us momentum for the rest of the season."
It also was a nice bounce-back win, coming off a 56-48 loss at Central Catholic.
"If you play hard and do the right things, eventually things are going to turn out OK for you, and I think this is an example of that," Pioneers coach Aaron Newkirk said. "All we have is a bunch of kids who do the right thing all the time, whether it's practice or in games or carrying themselves in the hallways.
"If you want to put yourself in position to be a league champion , you have to win those games, especially the home ones. Central Catholic was a tough one to swallow, the kids really wanted that, but we'll get another chance at home."
Mitchell said the Cavaliers would best be serving putting Tuesday's performance behind them.
"I say we move on," Mitchell said. "Both teams played a great game. Oregon City made one more plan than us. It's not anything about the last free throw or the last turnover. It's about the play in the second quarter where they go an offensive rebound or the tunrover we made that turned into a lay-up.
"They made one more play than us and that's basketball. It's going to happen."