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The No. 3 Roughriders had a great performance from Terrence Hill Jr., but it wasn't enough to hold off the Generals.



Down 64-55 with 5 minutes, 42 seconds left in the game, there was no panic on the No. 10 Grant High boys sideline.

Head coach Robert Key told his team basketball is a game of runs, and that's what the hosts in No. 3 Roosevelt did to balloon its lead to start the fourth quarter.

That speech struck home for the Generals, who closed the game on a 16-5 run to take home a critical Portland Interscholastic League win over the Roughriders 71-69.

Sparking the run was the junior who's been the driving force behind the Generals all season in Adrian Mosley. The wing hit a couple 3-pointers following Roosevelt's big run and then put home a layup to give Grant a 66-65 lead with 2:16 left.

"Adrian, I'm going to tell you, is a very elite basketball player," Key said. "The kid has a will to win. Every day he comes out on that floor, he gives you 100 percent … He's a big-time, Division I player."

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Grant boys basketball's Adrian Mosley (15) goes in for a layup against Roosevelt on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at Roosevelt High School in Portland.

Mosley did plenty more than just spark the game-winning run. His 30 points on the night led the Generals (11-2, 6-1 PIL) and kept them in the game all night when the Roughriders (9-3, 2-1 PIL) made their runs.

The junior scored seven points in the first quarter to set the tone, then posted 11 more in the second to go into the break with 18 and Grant up 36-33.

In the third, Mosley turned into a distributor with three assists as the attention started to ramp up even more on him with Roosevelt guarding him tightly at every spot on the court.

"It feels good, I feel like I'm a big player now and my coach has the confidence in me to take the shots and I just take them," Mosley said. "It was definitely a challenge (against Roosevelt), but I like challenges."

The biggest challenge came from Roosevelt's Terrence Hill Jr., who went off in the second half, scoring 26 of his game-high 32 points in the last two frames. The Roughriders tied the game up at 53 going into the fourth after falling behind by as much as eight in the third.

Hill hit four 3-pointers between the two quarters and helped Roosevelt take the 64-55 lead in the fourth behind an 11-2 run where Hill had eight points and had the assist for the other three.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Roosevelt boys basketball's Terrence Hill Jr. dribbles up the court against Grant on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at Roosevelt High School in Portland.

However, with Mosley guarding him, Hill went cold down the stretch while Grant found the will to finish off their seventh game played in the past 10 days.

"They never gave up. They kept the belief that games are made of runs," Key said. "We made a run and it was just a composure in the timeout of, 'It's going to happen, it's going to happen for us.' The results came out unbelievable."

While Mosley's 30 points, four rebounds and three assists were impressive, he was far from the only General down the stretch making things happen.

With the game tied at 69 and 20 seconds left, Mosley shot a 3-pointer from the corner that hit off the rim and was rebounded by Marcus McKinney, who had a big and-one play earlier to put Grant up 69-65.

McKinney quickly found Max von Arx all alone in the paint, and the senior wing put home the layup with two seconds left, giving Grant a 71-69 lead. Hill would take the half court heave for the Roughriders that didn't connect.

"Like I was saying to the kids, Adrian isn't going to win this basketball game for us," Key said. "It's going to take a collective five basketball players that's on the basketball court, and they all stepped up."

While von Arx finished with 17 points and four rebounds, starting guard Andre Lawrence had a great night on the floor as well with six points, seven rebounds (team high) and five assists.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Grant boys basketball's Andre Lawrence, left, goes in for a layup against Roosevelt on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at Roosevelt High School in Portland.

On the Roosevelt side, Chance White was next in scoring with 11 points on three made 3-pointers while Donatello Tupper had 10 points and eight rebounds.

The second game of this 10-day stretch for Grant was an 82-68 loss to Lincoln in which the Generals disappeared in the second half.

Now with a big win over the No. 3-ranked Roughriders, who will run it back Feb. 18 at Grant, the Generals feel like they're in a great place to keep the pace going and take home a league title and more.

"We're at the top. I feel like our team is going to take it all the way," Mosley said. "I feel like we figured it out."


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