Clackamas rides late free throws to 69-66 playoff win over Grant
As Clackamas' Jackson Jaha made his way to the free-throw line in a two-point game with nine seconds left, the Grant Generals did what almost any team in their position would do.
They called timeout to give the Cavaliers' sophomore guard some time to think about it.
Jaha made both free throws and then made two more a few seconds later that sealed the Cavaliers' 69-66 home win over the Generals in Saturday night's second round of the OSAA 6A boys basketball playoffs.
Clackamas' Ben Gregg led all scored with 26 points, Ryan Lewis added 13, and Jaha finished with 12 to help send the No. 4 Cavaliers (21-5) into Thursday's quarterfinals to face Mt. Hood Conference rival Central Catholic (19-7) at the University of Portland's Chiles Center.
The Cavaliers had a 55-44 lead when Grant opened the fourth quarter on a 19-10 run that ended with Adrian Mosley converting a three-point play to lift the Generals within two, 65-63, with 41 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, Grant came with pressure, but couldn't force a turnover and fouled Jaha as the clocked ticked inside of 10 seconds.
Then the Generals called a timeout.
"I was nervous," Jaha said. "My heart was going a little bit. All my teammates were encouraging me. They were like, 'If you make these, we're going to the Chiles Center.' And that's all I thought about.
"We have even bigger goals than this. We want to win a state championship, so I knew I had to make 'em."
Did Grant put the right player on the line in that situation?
"They thought that was the guy they wanted to foul, but we all know this is not the guy they wanted to foul," Cavaliers coach Cameron Mitchell said. "Jackson's a really good shooter and he doesn't get too nervous in big situations.
"I'm not going to lie, I was nervous. But I was really confident that he was going to make those free throws because he's a heckuva shooter."
Grant's Jae'sean Pete knocked down a 3-pointer with two seconds left, leaving just enough time for the Generals to again foul Jaha, who hit two more free throws to close it out.
"I thought we could have won the game," Grant coach Robert Key said. "The game plan was to win. Clackamas made some big free throws down the stretch. That sealed the deal for them.
"Our kids were pretty resilient. They never gave up. I'm proud of them."
If the Generals could have done anything differently, what was it?
"Nothing," Key said. "The game plan was there. "
Mosley led Grant with 18 points, while Emanuel Steward and Pete added 15 points each for the Generals (18-9).
"They battled," said Mitchell, a 2006 graduate of Grant. "You've got to give Grant a lot of credit. They have some amazing athletes and some smart basketball players — guys that didn't want to quit — so hats off to them for making that comeback.
"We made some bad passes because Grant speeds you up a little bit, but, hey, we pulled it out, right? It wasn't pretty at the end and we could have done a lot of things better, but we pulled it out and I'm ecstatic for the guys. They deserve it."
SOUTH SALEM 68, OREGON CITY 56: Trey Galbraith finished with 15 points and five assists, and Cole Hardy added 15 points and seven rebounds for the No. 2 ranked Saxons, who rallied from a 41-40 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to advance to the 6A quarterfinals for the second season in a row.
Emorej Lynk chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Saxons, who went 15 for 16 from the free-throw line in the final three minutes to put the game away.
Oregon City's Andre Best scored a game-high 24 points and Lucas Hanson added 14 for the Pioneers (15-11).
GRANT 11 12 21 22 — 66
CLACKAMAS 23 14 18 14 — 69
Grant (66) — Adrian Mosley 18, Pete 15, Steward 15, Fraser 8, Lawrence 4, Stephens Jr. 4, Von Arx 4, Brown.
Clackamas (69) — Ben Gregg 26, Lewis 13, Jaha 12, Erickson 9, Baker 9, Horsley, Mahler.
By Jim Beseda
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