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Ben Gregg led all scorers with 29 points, pacing the Cavaliers to a 70-45 blowout win over the visiting Cougars of Bend on Wednesday

Clackamas' Ben Gregg scored 17 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, leading the No. 4-ranked Cavaliers to a 70-45 blowout win over Mountain View in Wednesday's opening round of the OSAA 6A boys basketball playoffs at Clackamas High School.

PMG PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Clackamas' Ben Gregg scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter of Wednesday's 70-45 playoff win over Mountain View.Ryan Lewis added 16 points, and Izzy Baker finished with 12 to help send the Cavaliers (20-5) into Saturday's second round against No. 13 Grants (18-8).

"It's win or go home, and we got the win," Clackamas coach Cameron Mitchell said. "We feel great about our position. We're one win away from going to the Chiles Center, and every team's goal is to get to that final eight."

Mountain View's Dawsen Chaistain knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to give the Cougars of Bend an early 10-6 lead before Clackamas closed the quarter on an 8-0 run, taking a 14-10 lead on a Jackson Jaha 3-pointer with 13 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Cougars closed within 20-18 on Grant Jordan's pull-up jumper with 3:50 to play in the second quarter, but the Cavaliers closed the half on a 10-0 run to take a 30-18 lead into the break.

Clackamas broke the game open in the third quarter when Gregg scored 13 points and the Cavaliers outscored Mountain View 25-6 to extend their lead to 55-24.

"We know Clackamas is a great team and that we'd have to play almost a perfect game to have a chance in the fourth quarter," Cougars coach Bob Townsend said. "We really did that for the first 12 minutes. We were following our game plan, but then we had a couple of bad turnovers and we let Ben get an easy 3 there and get in a rhythm.

"We're not a team to fight back from 12 down and they're not a team to give up a lead once they have it, so it makes it tough from there."

Jordan, one of Mountain View's eight seniors, finished with a team-high 15 points, and Chastain was the only other player to finish in double figures with 11 for the Cougars (13-12).

The loss marked the second season in a row that Mountain View has lost in the first round of the 6A playoffs since making the jump from 5A.

"When you're one of the smaller schools and you move up and you continue to make the playoffs, that's a great accomplishment," Townsend said. "There were a few wins we wish we would have had here and there, but making it to the playoffs with a chance, that's all you want."

OREGON CITY 57, NORTH MEDFORD 53: Jake Gettel scored a game-high 23 points and Andre Best finished with 18 to help lead the No. 18-seeded Pioneers to a come-from-behind win Wednesday over the No. 15 Black Tornado in Medford.

Alex Newkirk added nine points for the Pioneers (15-10), who were the only road team to win in Wednesday's opening round of the OSAA 6A boys basketball playoffs, earning a second-round match-up Saturday against No. 2 South Salem (22-3) in Salem.

North Medford opened a 26-21 halftime lead and then Oregon City chipped away, outscoring the Tornado 15-13 in the third quarter to climb with 39-36.

In the fourth quarter, Best drove inside to give Oregon City its first lead of the game at 49-47 with about three minutes to play. Gettel added a basket and Dalton Welch knocked down a pair of free throws that gave the Pioneers a 53-49 lead.

After North Medford's Jett Carpenter missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with 42 seconds left, Newkirk made a free throw — the Pioneers went 7 for 9 at the foul line in crunch time — to help put the game out of reach.

Carpenter scored 19 points to lead three players in double figures for the Tornado (15-10).

MOUNTAIN VIEW 10 8 6 21 — 45

CLACKAMAS 14 16 25 15 — 70

Mountain View (45) — Grant Jordan 15, Chastain 11, Demeyer 5, Morgan 5, Fields 4, Roberts 3, Flood 2. King, Adamo, Neet, Platner, Cockrum, Prictor.

Clackamas (70) — Ben Gregg 29, Lewis 16, Baker 12, Jaha 5, Horsley 4, Mahler 4, Erickson, Di'Grigorio, Dorn, Vorobets, Newton, Wong.

OREGON CITY 10 11 15 21 — 57

NORTH MEDFORD 17 9 13 14 — 53

Oregon City (57) — Jake Gettel 23, Best 18, Newkirk 9, Hanson 3, Welch 2, Warren 2, Payne.

North Medford (53) — Jett Carpenter 19, Ellis 16, Karrick 10, Orozco-Bernal 2, Dyer 4, Neff 2, Stults.


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