Play of the Day: The best from Jan. 10 in 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. 10 of the 2020 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 Football Tab.
GRESHAM 72, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 63: No. 7-ranked Gresham put the finishing touches on its upset of No. 1 Central Catholic when Elijah Munyan found himself left all alone under the hoop on an inbounds play. He did jumping jacks under the basket, and teammate Ethan Abrahamson noticed. As soon as the referee handed over the ball in front of the scorer's table, Abrahamson whipped a pass over the top of the defense to Munyan for an uncontested layup that put Gresham in charge 65-50 with 3:02 to play in their Thursday, Jan. 9 game.
DAVID DOUGLAS 79, REYNOLDS 66: The teams combined to hit 14 3-pointers in a first quarter that saw 57 total points roll onto the scoreboard. David Douglas' Jermaine Robinson and Emanuel Muange had five bombs apiece in the first half, as the Scots gradually pulled away for the win on Friday, Jan. 10.
CLACKAMAS 71, SANDY 58: Clackamas junior forward Ben Gregg buried a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the second quarter, capping a 14-7 run that lifted the Cavaliers to a 45-32 halftime lead in their Mt. Hood Conference opener at Clackamas High School on Friday, Jan. 10. Clackamas maintained at least a nine-point lead throughout the second half and Gregg finished with a team-high 25 points to help pace the Cavaliers to their fifth win in six games.
CLACKAMAS 70, SANDY 22: Paige Vancil came off the Clackamas bench and knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner in the closing seconds of the first quarter to give the Cavaliers a 25-2 lead over the turnover-prone Pioneers in their Mt. Hood Conference opener at Clackamas High School on Friday, Jan. 10. The Cavaliers hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter and seven in the game as they set a new season-high for points in a game, surpassing the previous high set in a 56-19 rout over Roosevelt.
MCNARY 58, FOREST GROVE 57: With the game tied 57-57, the Forest Grove boys basketball team appeared poised to take the last shot against McNary in their non-league game at Forest Grove High School on Friday, Jan. 10. But when Braden Hudgins' 3-pointer missed and caromed into the hands of McNary's Nate Meithof with 8 seconds remaining, the 6-foot-4 wing darted the length of the floor before being fouled on his approach to the basket. After Meithof made the second of his two attempts with 3 seconds left in the clock, the Vikings inbounded to midcourt and called timeout with 1.8 seconds left. From there, they tried a lob under the basket to a cutting Guy Littlefield, but the pass was off the mark and as the ball sailed away, so too did Forest Grove's hope of an upset.
JESUIT 52 SOUTH EUGENE 42: Midway through the second quarter, the Jesuit girls basketball turned a steal into a two-on-one fast break between Molly Grant and Kailynn Tuck that culminated in a sweet lookaway pass from Grant to Tuck for a right-handed layup. The bucket punctuated a 15-1 second quarter run and gave Jesuit a commanding 27-15 lead in its 52-42 win over the Lady Axes at Jesuit High School on Friday, Jan. 10.
WEST LINN 56, WESTVIEW 47: After the Westview boys basketball team cut West Linn's lead to just 46-44 on a jumpshot by Wayne Jamison with 4:46 left in the fourth quarter, the took over from there, outscoring Westview 10-3 in the game's final 3:50 to win 56-47 at West Linn High School on Friday, Jan. 10. Senior guard Bryson Crockett, in one of his best performances after returning from a knee injury, hit the key shot in that stretch, finishing an acrobatic drive against three defenders in the key that extended the Lions' lead to 50-44.
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