Play of the Day: The best from Jan. 26 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. 26 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.
TUALATIN 53, LAKE OSWEGO 39: Tualatin senior guard Mikah Springer connected on a three-point shot to give the Timberwolf girls a 5-0 lead 1 minute and 51 seconds into Friday's game. Tualatin went on to push its early lead to 14-1 and Lake Oswego never cut the margin to single digits the rest of way in the Three Rivers League contest at Tualatin High School.
SHERWOOD 53, TUALATIN 45: Sherwood sophomore guard Jamison Guerra sank a three-point basket from the left side to give the Bowmen boys team a 41-38 lead with 5 minutes and 35 seconds left to play in Friday's game at Tualatin. Sherwood kept the lead the rest of the way in getting the win in Three Rivers League play.
WILSONVILLE 53, ST. HELENS 41: The underdog St. Helens girls team was within 36-32 early in the fourth quarter of its Friday home game and had the ball. But after a pass went out of bounds, Wilsonville junior Emily Scanlan and senior Jessica Classen hit back-to-back 3-pointers, boosting the Wildcats' lead to 42-34 with 4:45 left.
BARLOW 69, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 64: The Bruins, hosting Central Catholic's boys on Friday night, took a 36-33 halftime lead when Cole Edmondson swished a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the second quarter. Barlow then scored the first eight points after the break on a pair of layups by Evan Inglesby and Jesse White to open up a 44-33 lead.
CENTENNIAL 55, REYNOLDS 21: After seeing the Reynolds girls team pull within four points early in the second quarter of Friday's game, Centennial called timeout and Ellie Basinski hit back-to-back 3-pointers to break the game open. Centennial would outscore the Raiders 19-2 in the third quarter and build its margin to 28 points.
SANDY 68, PUTNAM 61: With under two minutes to go in Friday's game and the decision against Putnam's boys still in doubt, Sandy's Max Shannon made the play of the year for the Pioneers. Sandy led 61-53 with just under two minutes to play, but there, facing Putnam's full-court press, Colby Carson took the inbounds pass and threw a baseball pass to Shannon who was streaking up the court. Shannon was challenged at the rim by two Putnam players, but elevated over both of them for a thunderous two-handed dunk.
BEAVERTON 49, SUNSET 41: Facing Sunset's girls on the Apollos' home court on Friday, Beaverton went on a 12-2 third-quarter run that gave the Beavers a commanding 40-24 lead. The Beavers featured their suffocating man-to-man defense in that stretch, generating four fast break buckets during that run, two each by Laura and Sydney Erikstrup.
STAYTON 58, NORTH MARION 46: After spending the majority of Friday's game trailing by double digits, the North Marion boys team went on a torrid run in the fourth quarter to rally back into contention. With less than three minutes to go in the game, sophomore wing Sergio Jimenez picked off a pass at midcourt and took it the other way, converting a layup to bring North Marion to within 47-41 before the Huskies finally fell short down the stretch at North Marion High School.
LAKE OSWEGO 64, TIGARD 42: In a battle between two of the three teams tied for first place in the Three Rivers League boys race, Lake Oswego took over early on Friday night. Tigard, which already battled back from a 10-0 deficit at the start of the game, was still down just six points 2:28 into the second quarter. But Laker senior post Shawn Elliott scored inside to extend the LO lead to eight, then made a steal on the Tigers' next possession and set up senior teammate J.R. Schilling for a three-point play that pushed Lake Oswego's lead to 26-15 and paved the way for its big victory.