Les Schwab Invitational Day 1: Results, bracket and top performances
The Les Schwab Invitational is back at Liberty High School and this year it features more Oregon schools than ever.
That wasn't the original plan as out of state teams Isidore Newman from Louisiana and Gonzaga Prep from Washington D.C. had to opt out of the tournament.
Local teams in West Linn and Grant, ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the latest OSAA coaches poll, also dropped out of the tournament.
In place of those four squads, Oregon teams in Canby, David Douglas and Sherwood move in, as well as Evergreen from Washington.
This year's tournament marks the 25th anniversary of the LSI, which has seen it's fair share of talent come through in years past.
Check back in here throughout the day for scores, stats and a recap of the top performances from the four games taking place today.
Isaiah Crane, Jesuit, junior
Crane led the Crusaders in scoring with 22 points in their 68-52 opening round victory over Canby. He shot 7 of 14 from the floor including one 3-pointer while also hitting all seven of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over once in his 30 minutes on the floor. The 6-foot junior wing is certainly someone to keep an eye on all season for Jesuit as a scoring threat from each level.
Noah Ogoli, Tualatin, senior
Ogoli had 17 points in Tualatin's 78-49 drubbing of late-entry Canby to open the LSI. He also pitched in four rebounds, four assists and three steals to turn in all-around solid performance for the No. 1 ranked Timberwolves. Combine Ogoli with backcourt mate Malik Ross, who led the game with 19 points, and it's no wonder why Tualatin is in that No. 1 spot. Ogoli will be a force in every aspect on the floor the rest of the way.
Luke Brauner, Lake Oswego, senior
The Lakers guard flirted with a triple double in the blowout win over Evergreen (WA) 78-37. Brauner had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and also chipped in three steals as the Lakers cruised to the quarterfinals. It's been a tough start to the season for the 2-5 Lakers, but Brauner's playmaking ability is sure to carry this team back to .500 and beyond.
Beya Kim, Roosevelt, junior
The Roughriders went down to the wire with Gresham in their 70-68 win and Kim helped them pull through with his 16 points and 15 rebounds. Three other Roosevelt players scored in double-digits with Terrence Hill leading the way with 17. But having Kim be big down low and limit the possessions for Gresham ended up making a big difference and kept the ball out of the hands of the next guy in this list.
Esyah Pippa-White, Gresham, junior
While his Gophers didn't come away with a win, Pippa-White continues to stack the scorebook this season. He was the game's leading scorer with 23 points and also had nine assits and seven rebounds. The reigning Mt. Hood player of the year is well on his way to making a case to repeat and he might end up being the best player in the LSI this week.
Round 1, Dec. 26-27
Link Academy (MO) vs. Tigard, 6 p.m., Dec. 27
Jesuit 68, Canby 52
Roosevelt 70, Gresham 68
Sherwood vs. Barlow, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 27
David Douglas vs. Cleveland, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 27
Central Catholic vs. Beaverton, 3 p.m., Dec. 27
Tualatin 78, Churchill 49
Lake Oswego 78, Evergreen (WA) 37
Quarterfinals/Consolation Round 1, Dec. 28
Jesuit vs. Link Academy/Tigard winner, 7 p.m.
Roosevelt vs. Sherwood/Barlow winner, 4 p.m.
David Douglas/Cleveland winner vs. Central Catholic/Beaverton winner, 8:30 p.m.
Tualatin vs. Lake Oswego, 5:30 p.m.
Canby vs. Link Academy/Tigard loser, 1:30 p.m.
Gresham vs. Sherwood/Barlow loser, 9 a.m.
David Douglas/Cleveland loser vs. Central Catholic/Beaverton loser, 10:30 a.m.
Churchill vs. Evergreen (WA), noon
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