Preps Beat: Friday Jeff-Grant rematch tops off PIL boys hoops
The PIL boys basketball "regular" season ends on Friday, June 18, with a much-anticipated rematch when Jefferson visits Grant.
The winner likely ends up on top of the PIL standings, though games at Roosevelt on Monday (vs. Jefferson) and Wednesday, June 16 (vs. Cleveland) figured to impact the standings. Entering this week, Grant and Jefferson each had one PIL loss, Cleveland and Roosevelt two.
Jefferson won the first game against Grant on a game-winning shot by Marquis "Mookie" Cook.
That was the Generals' only loss entering this week. They are one of four 6A teams with one loss, and handed Clackamas its lone loss (69-45) on June 8.
(UPDATE, here are scores from Tuesday's play: Benson 55, Franklin 37; Lincoln 55, Madison 54; Grant 75, Wells 52; Roosevelt 76, Jefferson 66; Cleveland 83, McMinnville 55. So, Grant still has one league loss and Jefferson two, as do Roosevelt and Cleveland).
Grant is led by 6-2 sophomore guard Adrian Mosley, among the most heavily recruited Class of 2023 players in Oregon. The Generals' success has been built upon defensive buy-in and shared offense. The Generals consistently have four or more players score in double figures and have had as many as six reach double figures in a game. Entering three games this week, Generals — led by versatile defenders including junior Max von Arx — were limiting opponents to just over 42 points per game.
Grant coach Robert Key said he is especially happy that (now graduated) seniors Luke Winkler, Logan Going and Henry Sothern got to play one more season and the chance to lead a team that might be the best in the state.
The "winter" sports season concludes next week, with 32 boys teams and 32 girls teams divided into eight-team brackets for a culmination tournament. The 6A boys games are set for June 22-24 at Franklin, Milwaukie and Tigard high schools. The girls games are at Grant, Roosevelt and Wells.
Then, in the last week of June, up to 16 boys high school teams are scheduled to gather in Salem for the Oregon Madness, a first-time event (not affiliated with the OSAA) that includes top teams from each of Oregon's classifications.
"In a lot of ways it feels like summer basketball," Ida B. Wells coach Craig Cokley said, pointing to graduation and family summer plans as challenges that don't come up in a normal season.
The Cleveland schedule June 7-11 is an example. The Warriors won at Jefferson on Monday, had graduation for seniors on Tuesday and avenged a loss to Wells on Wednesday. Warriors coach Dondrale Campbell, who pointed to dialed-in defense as the key to beating the Democrats, admitted that focus was a challenge after that victory.
One reason this feels like a bridge year is the underclassmen playing big roles for many PIL teams.
Jeff's Cook (who sat out the loss to Cleveland) and junior Lamar Washington are two of the elite talents in the PIL this season. Each has scored more than 50 points in a game. The 6-6 Cook is among the highest rated Class of 2023 players in the nation.
Cook and Washington are expected to transfer to AZ Compass Prep in Chandler, Arizona, one of the top programs in the nation.
Still, the class of 2023 includes a number of skilled players, some of whom have played together on youth AAU teams.
The group includes Mosley at Grant, forward Jackson Cooper and guard Christian Green at Cleveland and Kavon Bradford at Benson.
Roosevelt is led by 6-6 junior Raysean Seamster (21.2 points per game) and 6-2 freshman Terrence Hill Jr. (17 points per game) and has gotten significant contributions from others, including junior guard Donatello Tupper, sophomore Beya Kim and freshmen Utrillo Morris and Chance White.
At Cleveland, 6-4 Cooper is playing around the basket and averaging about 12 points and nine rebounds on a Warriors team led by eight seniors.
Cleveland coach Dondrale Campbell said the high school rivalries among friends who have played AAU ball and in parks during the pandemic is healthy for basketball in the PIL and portends a couple of interesting seasons ahead.
Cokley's Guardians approached this as a bridge season, of sorts. Two of their key players are freshman guards Jacey Canalin and Nick DiGiulio (10.5 points per game), who, along with 6-3 sophomore Jonah Jones (10.7 points, nine rebounds) appear to have a bright future.
"Our league is super young," Grant's Key noted. "I think our league is going to be a very balances league the next few years."
PIL wrestling — Cleveland won its 10th consecutive district team title on June 12, with five Warriors capturing titles — including a third PIL title for senior Elija Fishler at 120 pounds and a second for sophomore Logan Medford at 126.
Wrestlers who placed in the top four at districts qualify to wrestle in a 6A statewide tournament organized by Oregon wrestling coaches (not the OSAA), slated for June 25-26 at Newberg High.
All-Star baseball games —
the Richardson Oregon All-Star Baseball Series, scheduled for June 19-20 at Oregon State's Goss Stadium. The game, features top seniors from Class 6A and Class 5A high school programs.
Here is the North roster:
Pitchers — Brady Baltus, Beaverton; George Eisenhardt, Lakeridge; Kyle Field, Pendleton; Joey Gartrell, Canby; Logan Geiszler, Cleveland; Braeden Munger, Westview (Metro League pitcher of the year); Kaden Segel, Grant (PIL pitcher of the year); Chance Wallace, Sunset
Catchers — Wilson Weber, Barlow (Mt. Hood Conference player of the year; Oregon State commit).
Infielders — Andrew Busche, Westview; Ty Beers, Pendleton; Cam Clayton, Lakeridge (Three Rivers League player of the year, UW commit, Pickles infielder, potential MLB draft pick this month); Mason Guerra, Westview (Metro League player of the year, Oregon State commit); Shawn Hunt,
Tualatin; Jack Nehler, Gresham; Caden Parker, West Linn; Spencer Scott, Grant (PIL player of the year, Portland commit).
Outfielders — Brandon Cabrera, Aloha; Jackson Dorn, Clackamas; Harrison Howell, Hood River Valley; Caden Rickman, Westview.
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