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Damascus girls close in on top seed in Valley 10, Reynolds boys snap league losing streak

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Damascus Christians Emily Powers had a game-high 16 points and the winning layup with six seconds left in the Eagles 35-33 win at Southwest Christian on Tuesday.


Tuesday, Feb. 11

DAMASCUS 35, SOUTHWEST 33 — Emily Powers swiped a steal and raced for the winning layup with six seconds left to send Damascus Christian to the road win, all but securing the Valley 10 regular-season title in the process. Powers finished with a game-high 16 points — 10 of them coming in the fourth quarter, as the Eagles erased a seven-point deficit.

Damascus limited Southwest to one made basket in the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats went 0-for-4 from the free-throw line in the period.

CENTENNIAL 55, REYNOLDS 24 — Ellie Basinski drilled four 3-pointers in the first half and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line on her way to a game-high 23 points. Charlotte Marcum chipped in with a trio of deep balls to add 11 points, as the Eagles took a commanding 33-14 lead into halftime.

Sasha Riddle hit three fourth-quarter buckets and led the Raiders with 11 points.


PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Reynolds guard Brandon Buffington drives the baseline. He finished with a game-high 13 points in the Eagles 54-34 win over Centennial on Tuesday.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

REYNOLDS 54, CENTENNIAL 34 — The Raiders broke the game open with a 22-point burst in the fourth quarter that saw 3-pointers by Brandon Buffington and Efrain Ramos. Buffington finished with a game-high 13 points.

The Raiders went 5-for-6 (83.3%) from the free-throw line in the second quarter, with Javony Guzman hitting all three of his foul shots, to send Reynolds into halftime with a slim lead.

The victory ended a 24-game league losing streak that dated back to the end of the 2018 season.

"What was great about last night was it was a great team effort — everyone contributed in some way," Reynolds coach Ted Aubin said. "This was well deserved for our remaining players. I'm very proud of their effort this past week in the face of adversity."


Wednesday, Feb. 12

CLACKAMAS 87, MT. HOOD 85 — Robert Ford was fouled on his way to the basket with 0:09 left and sank both free throws to provide the host Cougars with the winning points. Mt. Hood got off a 3-point try at the buzzer, but the shot sailed over the top of the hoop.

Clackamas remains in first place in the South and clinched a playoff berth with the victory, while Mt. Hood missed a chance to gain ground on Chemeketa in the chase for the region's final playoff spot.

The team traded the lead eight times in the second half with Mt. Hood going ahead for the final time when Leonard Dixon sent a fast ball down the sideline that hit Austin Forrar in stride. He dribbled into the lane, then wrapped a pass around his defender to feed Jahville Collins for a layup. A few minutes later, Jarrod Burks drew a blocking foul in the backcourt and sank both free throws to put the Saints up 81-76 with 4:10 to play.

Collins led the Saints with 27 points, while Ford poured in a game-high 31 for Clackamas.

These recaps are scheduled for our Friday, Feb. 14, print edition.

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