Play of the Day: The best from Jan. 19 high school basketball
There's a moment in every high school basketball game, an instant that makes the difference, a play that lifts one team to victory and sends the other to defeat.
For Jan. 19 of the 2018 Oregon high school basketball season, here's a look back at the Plays of the Day. To see complete game stories from all these contests, go to the Prep Basketball tab.
BANKS 56, VALLEY CATHOLIC 34: Despite trailing for much of Friday's game, the Valley Catholic boys basketball team maintained hope until that hope was dashed when Banks junior guard Bret Cameron splashed a 3-pointer from just beyond the top of the key as time expired in the third quarter. Cameron's hoop gave the Braves a 12-point lead and crushed Valiant hopes of a comeback at Banks High School.
MADRAS 85, ESTACADA 50: In a 54-second span of the first quarter of its Friday home game, Madras scored nine quick points, turned a 6-4 lead into a 15-4 advantage over Estacada and led by double digits the rest of the way. The run started when Kahne Herkshan corralled a loose ball and flipped in a layup while drawing a foul. He missed the ensuing free throw, but Chapin Grote grabbed the offensive rebound and scored in the paint for a four-point possession.
ST. HELENS 64 SANDY 61: After trailing for the entire game, the St. Helens boys basketball team took the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter at 45-44 when Drake Dow beat everyone downcourt for an easy layup in transition.
OREGON CITY 71, BARLOW 65: Oregon City's Teron Bradford hit a 3-pointer in the final minute to send his team's Friday home game into overtime, and he came up with a free throw with 19.6 seconds left to push the Pioneers into a second overtime. Bradford then scored nine points, all from the free-throw line, in the second OT, as Oregon City came won to force a four-way tie atop the Mount Hood Conference standings. Bradford finished with a game-high 38 points.
CENTENNIAL 45, GRESHAM 19: The Centennial girls basketball team won its third straight Mt. Hood Conference game after holding Gresham to a single free throw in the first quarter. The Gophers got within eight points midway through the second quarter only to see Centennial go on a 13-point spurt to take a 30-9 lead after back-to-back "3s" by Dominique Andrews and Maddie McHone in the third quarter.
SUNSET 66, ALOHA 64: Trailing Sunset 62-59 with about a minute left in the fourth quarter of his team's Friday home game, Aloha sophomore Timmy Dennis tipped an Apollo cross-court pass and saved it from going out of bounds by passing it behind his back to Cobi Wilson. Still down three points, Dennis got a decent look at a stepped into 3-point shot, but his hoist from the right wing bounced off the back rim, Sunset senior Coleman Newsom grabbed the defensive board and Aloha was forced to foul. Newsome then made two free throws to make it 64-59 with 45 seconds left.
LAKERIDGE 49, NEWBERG 40: After the Newberg girls took control in the second quarter of their Friday home game against Lakeridge, Pacer junior wing Brooke Clinton helped her team swing the momentum back in the other direction with back-to-back 3-pointers. The second of those bombs came just 17 seconds before halftime and gave the Pacers a 23-22 lead.
TILLAMOOK 66, SCAPPOOSE 60: Scappoose senior guard Jerad Toman's no-look lob from near the scorers' table to teammate Chris Bendle willed Scappoose within 56-53 against visiting No. 10 Tillamook with 2:22 left in their Friday game at Scappoose High School. But the Cheesemakers stayed sharp down the stretch, getting a layup and five free throws before senior point guard Ian Collett dribbled out the clock for his team's fourth defeat of Scappoose in a row.
WEST LINN 24, SHERWOOD 23: With its Friday game at Sherwood tied at 22-22 and the fifth-ranked West Linn girls basketball team battling for its life, the Lions finally came through with 2 minutes, 17 seconds left to play. West Linn senior guard Kennedi Byram got things started with a steal, then brought the ball downcourt and dumped it to 6-foot-3 freshman post Aaronette Vonleh on the right block. Vonleh missed her first two shots at the go-ahead basket, then rebounded her second miss and scored the winning points in her team's 24-23 victory.