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Gresham finishes with a 2-3 record at the Les Schwab Northwest Championships

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Gresham guard Jalen Welch splits a pair of Camas defenders on his way to the basket during the Gophers 64-42 first-round win Friday.

Les Schwab Northwest Championships

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Gresham Gophers
Camas Papermakers

OREGON CITY — The Gresham boys basketball team started the Les Schwab Northwest Summer Basketball Championships on fire with a 64-42 win over Camas, Wash., on Friday afternoon.

Gresham's press proved effective from the opening tip with Isaac Clinton poking a ball loose and teammate Nate Caro scooping it up and converting a layup. Moments later, Caro swiped a steal at mid court and firing the ball ahead to Ethan Evans for another breakaway basket. Caro stayed in the scoring mix with a corner 3 that pushed the Gophers to a 17-9 lead midway through the first half.

Gresham's Jalen Welch knocked down a trey from the right side that sent the Gophers into halftime with a commanding 15-point lead.

The long balls kept coming for the Gophers with Evans kicking a pass out of the post that found Ethan Abrahamson for an open 3. The Gresham sharp-shooter swished another from the other side of the floor on the next trip, and Sam Igbonagwam hit one from the corner a few minutes later to put the Gophers up 51-28 midway through the second half.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Greshams Isaiah Clinton squares up for a 3-pointer during the team's 64-42 win over Camas on Friday.

The Gophers kept their foot on the gas with Welch driving inside the free-throw line before looping a pass over the top the left center Syrus Sagiao an easy finish at the rim. A few trips later, Welch drove the lane again, this time using a spin move to reach the basket himself. Another trip down the court and Welch beat his defender on a drive and left another ball for Sagiao to finish, giving the Gophers their biggest lead of the game at 61-33.

Gresham dropped its final three pool-play games by a grand total of 12 points before knocking off Camas' B team 59-52 in a consolation game Sunday.

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