In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., 14 of the state's best basketball teams put on a show at Franklin High School all day Monday.
Playing on this day means more than just basketball for most, it's a way to honor the man MLK was and to continue on the legacy he left behind.
"This day is much bigger than competing for state tournaments or league play," Benson girls coach Eric Knox said. "It's to honor the values of what our country needs to continually lean into" diversity, equity and inclusion."
Knox's squad was one of the seven walking away with a win on Monday, and you can watch a replay of all the games from home by heading to Prep GOTW on YouTube where all seven games will be livestreamed.
Franklin 63, Jefferson 49 boys
Lake Oswego 67, McDaniel 40 boys
Sheldon 55, Cleveland 37 girls
No. 6 Benson 61, No. 10 Jefferson 46 girls
No. 1 Beaverton 33, No. 9 Ida B. Wells 22 girls
No. 3 Roosevelt 82, No. 5 (5A) Churchill 79
No. 4 Grant, boys 55, No. 2 West Linn 52
Kapalisok Laila, Franklin, senior
Laila did a little bit everything in the Lightning win over Jefferson, their first in PIL action. Whether it was knocking down a deep 3-pointer before the halftime buzzer, hitting elbow jumpers or being a facilitator, Laila had his hands all over on offense. On defense, Laila was big down low to keep the Demos' drivers throwing up tough shots close to the basket. Franklin could cause some havoc in the second half of the season behind the senior Laila.
Beaux Bruegman, Sheldon, junior
Bruegman did a little bit everything for the Irish girls as well, putting up 14 points and 10 rebounds. She hit a couple 3-pointers and helped clean the glass against Cleveland. The Warriors took more shots than the Irish, and it was thanks to Bruegman that those didn't turn into makes, whether she was picking the rebound up or playing solid defense down low.
Mahogany Chandler-Roberts, Benson, sophomore
When you're taller than everyone else on the court, it makes life a little easier. Chandler-Roberts used that to her advantage with plenty of offensive boards and layups in the fastbreak to finish with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The sophomore is the leading threat for Benson who has plenty of playmakers around her. Now it'll be about maturity for a young Techsters team.
Samaje Morgan. Churchill
Morgan did everything on offense for Churchill with 30-plus points, including 17 of them coming in the second quarter. His speed gave Roosevelt trouble at every level as he hit 3-pointers when the Roughriders tried to play him down low. Morgan pulled down more than 10 rebounds and gave Churchill a chance to win before a late 3-pointer from Roosevelt sealed it.
Donatello Tupper, Utrillo Morris and Terrence Hill, Roosevelt
All three dominated in the game, with Morris knocking 3-pointer after 3-pointer. Tupper played well down low with a poster dunk and a 3-pointer himself. And Hill put the game on ice with a 3-pointer with six seconds left in the game that proved to be the game winner to put his team up 82-79. Roosevelt is full of talent, and is still missing arguably it's best player in Raysean Seamster. Look out 6A.
Andre Lawrence, Grant
Down starting guard Jae'Sean Pete, the Generals turned to Lawrence to step up and he delivered. Often he was the one starting the fastbreak on a steal from West Linn, and he kept it up by hitting some crucial 3-pointers in the second half. Grant handed West Linn it's first loss of the season behind that kind of defense that started up top with Lawrence from the jump.
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