There's a moment in every high school basketball game, an instant that makes the difference, a play that lifts one team to victory and sends the other to defeat.
For Jan. 31 of the 2020 Oregon high school basketball season, here's a look back at the Plays of the Day. To see complete game stories from all these contests, go to the Prep Basketball Tab.
DAMASCUS CHRISTIAN 49, LIFE CHRISTIAN 46: Damascus Christian post player Jesse deLambert slipped into the corner and buried an open 3-pointer for the seventh and final lead change early in the fourth quarter. The long ball put the Eagles up 39-37 and Damascus would seal the victory at the free-throw line down the stretch. deLambert played a big role in that phase as well, sinking four foul shots in the game's final minutes.
BARLOW 75, SANDY 58: The Bruins carried a double-digit lead throughout the second half, leaving the game's biggest drama to senior guard Jesse White and his quest to become Barlow's all-time leading scorer. He closed in on the mark by hitting a pair of 3-pointers, then converting a three-point play in the lane early in the second half. White moved to the top of the list late in the third quarter when he was given an isolation chance on the right side of the floor. White beat his defender off the dribble and hit a layup before the help defense could get across the lane to challenge. Players, along the Bruins' bench, rose to their feet to celebrate, and teammate Josh Nomie gave White a congratulatory shove while racing back to the defensive end. White finished with a game-high 41 points. His career scoring total sits at 1,895 points, overtaking Freddie Jones, who went on to an NBA career.
TUALATIN 39, TIGARD 34: The Tigard girls, trailing the rival Timberwolves 31-21 heading into the fourth quarter, opened the final stanza with an 11-0 run that gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at 32-31 with 3 minutes and 54 seconds left in the contest. But Tualatin junior Kasidy Javernick ended the Tigard scoring spree by sinking a 12-foot jump shot, which ignited an 8-0 Timberwolf scoring run and helped Tualatin wrap up the victory in the Three Rivers League game played Friday at Tigard High School.
TUALATIN 60, TIGARD 45: The Tigard boys had just cut the rival Timberwolves' lead to 29-26 on a jumper by junior Drew Carter with 5 minutes and 49 seconds left to play in the third quarter of the contest. Tualatin sophomore guard Malik Ross answered with a basket on a spectacular stop-and-go spinning drive to the hoop. Ross had two similar baskets later in the period, which ended with Tualatin holding a 40-33 lead. From there, the Wolves pulled away in the fourth quarter to get the victory in a Three Rivers League game played Friday at Tigard High School.
WOODBURN 54, PHILOMATH 44: Holding a 42-38 lead against the No. 3 Warriors with less than four minutes to play, the No. 4 Bulldogs buried back-to-back 3-pointers to create a comfortable lead and hold on for a 10-point victory. Woodburn junior guard Tomas Veliz began the run by knocking down a "three" from the top of key with 3:34 left and teammate Jeovanny Bravo punctuated it with a corner 3-pointer 20 seconds later.
RIDGEVIEW 65, CROOK COUNTY 38: The Crook County Cowgirls had just closed within 15-11 early in the second quarter when Ridgeview sophomore Jenna Albrecht went on a tear. Albrecht snared a rebound and drove the length of the court for a basket. She went on to score 20 first-half points, and 28 in the contest, as the Ravens rolled to the easy win.
ALOHA 59, SOUTHRIDGE 55: With the Aloha leading Southridge 57-55 with 19.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Warrior senior Timmy Dennis made two free throws to extend Aloha's advantage to 59-55. Then, as the Skyhawks scrambled to get off a quick shot, Dennis knocked the ball free and ran it down to the other end of the floor as time expired to ice the 59-55 victory on Friday at Aloha High School.
CROOK COUNTY 64, RIDGEVIEW 37: With four minutes remaining in the first quarter and the score tied 2-2, Crook County's Jesse Sanchez led loose with a long-range bomb to give the Cowboys a 5-2 lead. Sanchez hit two more three-pointers in a one-minute stretch as Crook County jumped out to an 8-2 lead. The Cowboys never looked back as they rolled to the easy win.
OREGON CITY 66, LAKERIDGE 38: After Lakeridge cut Oregon City's early 16-point lead down to just seven midway through the second quarter, the Pioneers took off and left the Pacers behind. Oregon City senior Lucas Hanson was key to most of the destruction that followed, hitting a pullup jumpshot that kicked off a 21-4 run that boosted the Pios' lead to 43-19 at the half and effectively ended the contest.
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