Oregon City pulls away from Clackamas in second half, 66-58
Oregon City's Andre Best scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half as the Pioneers pulled away from Clackamas for a 66-58 victory in Sunday's final of the Les Schwab Northwest Summer Championship Division I boys basketball tournament at Oregon City High School.
Dalton Welch also scored 18 points and Jake Gettel added 12 for the Pioneers, who opened a 31-29 halftime lead and then broke the game open with an 11-3 run in the first five minutes of the second half.
"This is our best basketball of the summer so far," Best said. "It was kind of rough the last couple weekends, but we're playing some good basketball.
"I thought both squads played hard. We just moved the ball, we weren't rushed, we set good screens, and we hit shots. That was about it."
Clackamas' Damontae Burns led all scorers with 23 points, and Damon Erickson was the only other player to score in double figures with 16 for the Cavaliers.
"I think we could have won that game, probably should have won that game," Burns said. "We played hard and we played some good defense. We just had too many turnovers at the wrong time and we missed too many free throws."
The Cavaliers also played without Ben Gregg, the 6-foot-8 transfer from Columbia Christian High School who sat on the bench Sunday after turning his left ankle Saturday in a scrimmage against a team from China.
The first half of Sunday's championship final saw four lead changes and four ties before Welch buried a 3-pointer from the right corner to give the Pioneers a 31-28 lead with 39 seconds remaining.
In the second half, the Pioneers opened with an 11-3 run that started with Best knocking down a 3-pointer from the left wing and ended with Lucas Hanson hitting a pull-up jumper from the free-throw line to make it 42-32 with 11:05 to play.
Clackamas cut the deficit to five points three different times — the last time when Trey Anderson grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to pull the Cavaliers within 50-45 with 5:55 left.
Oregon City answered with back-to-back 3-pointers by Hanson and Alex Newkirk to give the Pioneers their largest lead, 56-45, with just under five minutes to play.
CLACKAMAS 29 29 — 58
OREGON CITY 31 35 — 66
Clackamas (58) — Damontae Burns 23, Erickson 16, Lewis 8, Horsley 2, Vorobets 4, Anderson 5, Mahler, D'Grigorio.
Oregon City (66) — Andre Best 18, Dalton Welch 18, Gettel 12, Warren 6, Newkirk 5, Hanson 7.
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