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The Bowmen advance in the Class 6A state playoffs with a 55-40 victory on Tuesday

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Sherwood High School senior Braden Thorn (left), shown here in the Bowmen's conference title-clinching win at Century, scored 16 point in the state playoff victory over Sprague.The Sherwood High School boys basketball team just keeps right on rolling.

The Bowmen, who recently clinched the Pacific Conference championship, kept up their hot play in postseason action, notching a 55-40 win over Sprague in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.

With the loss, Sprague, the No. 4 team out of the Mountain Valley Conference, and the No. 22 team in the final OSAA power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 15-10. Sherwood, the No. 11 team in the power rankings, improved to 21-5 on the season. The Bowmen also advance to play in the second round of the state playoffs, where they'll face Grant in a game set to start at 7 p.m. Friday on the Marshall Campus.

Senior wing Braden Thorn led a balanced Sherwood scoring attack in the playoff win over the Olympians with 16 points. Junior post Blake Jensen added 15 points and junior guard Jamison Guerra reached double figures with 10. Seniors Tyler Hix and Ryan Sandilands each scored six.

Kobe Withers led Sprague with 12 points.

Defending Class 6A state champion Grant, the Portland Interscholastic League co-champion, and the No. 6 team in the power rankings, brings an overall record of 20-6 into Friday's second-round contest. The Generals opened the playoffs on Tuesday with a 95-61 home win over Newberg.

The winner of Friday's state playoff second-round game at Marshall will advance to the Class 6A state tournament, and will play in a tourney quarterfinal game Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the University of Portland's Chiles Center.

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