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Sandy boys fall at buzzer to Central Catholic, Centennial girls overtake Pioneers with late free throws

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Pierce Roeder has the Pioneers two spots clear in the wildcard chase heading into tonights regular-season finale.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Tuesday, Feb. 18

C. CATHOLIC 60, SANDY 59 — Sandy's Pierce Roeder stole and inbounds pass, then turned and fired a 3-pointer from the corner to pull the Pioneers within two points in the final minute.

Moments later, Tanner Brewster pulled down a missed Rams' free throw and sent an outlet pass to Roeder, who got loose near the top of the arc for a go-ahead triple with 11.1 seconds left.

Central's Darius Gakwasi brought the ball past halfcourt and continued on a drive down the left side before sending a pass through the lane, feeding teammate Gage Ainslie for the winning layup with 2.6 seconds left.

Roeder rushed up the sideline, squeezed past a defender as he crossed midcourt, took one more dribble and launched a double-pump with a defender diving at him. The desperation shot clipped the front of the rim, glanced off the backboard and fell to the floor.

Roeder led all players with 20 points, while Luke Johnson paced the Rams with 18.

Sandy finished the week with a 76-39 win over Centennial during Friday's Senior Night. Colby Carson scored a game-high 17 points, as the Pioneers took a 20-point lead into halftime.

The Pioneers (12-12) head into tonight's season finale at Barlow sixth in the Mount Hood Conference and more importantly at No. 29 in the 6A rankings. That puts Sandy ninth in the chase for one of the 11 wildcard spots into the playoffs.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Friday, Feb. 21

CENTENNIAL 38, SANDY 35 — The Eagles went 10-for-15 (66.7%) from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, including a technical foul shot in the final moments to seal the victory.

The Eagles went into the fourth quarter with three starters carrying four fouls, but each of them managed to stay on the floor until the final buzzer. Ellie Basinski led the way with 12 points — all of her scoring coming in the second half.

Teammate Qyunh Vu hit a pair of second quarter 3s to send the Eagles into halftime with a 16-14 lead.

"We are getting better each game and playing our best ball right now," Centennial coach Jeff Stanek said. "These kids are gritty and it's awesome to see them have some success."

Sandy's Brooklyn Adams led all scorers with 19 points.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Saturday, Feb. 22

LANE 62, MT. HOOD 56 — The Mt. Hood women's team gave up only one first-quarter bucket only to see Lane surge into the lead with a 21-point third quarter. Tatyana Lyles made a free throw to tie the game with 3:44 to play, but the Saints would score only four points the rest of the way. Ashley Parry led Mt. Hood with 16 points, while Bri Rosales scored 12.

The loss leaves the Saints (18-9) in fourth place in the South Region — a half-game behind Clackamas and Lane in the chase for second place.

The Mt. Hood men's team dropped out of the playoff chase with a 96-92 overtime loss to the Titans. Mt. Hood's Davion Stringer converted a layup with 0:22 left to send the game to overtime.

Lane led throughout the extra five minutes, going up by as many as six points. Jahville Collins hit a layup to bring the Saints within two with 0:06 left, but Lane's Tashon Brown sank a pair of free throws to secure the win.

Leonard Dixon led the Saints with 22 points, while Iversyn Smith scored 20.


These recaps are scheduled for our Feb. 26, print edition.


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