Slow-down pace doesn't deter Lake Oswego

EUGENE — Kevin Love was held to nine points and six rebounds but Lake Oswego still held on to defeat Sheldon 28-25 in a semifinal game of the OSAA Class 6A boys basketball tournament at McArthur Court.

With a putback midway through the first quarter, Love became the state's all-time leading scorer before he led the Lakers to their second straight championship game appearance.

Love scored the game-winning basket on a steal, layin and free throw with five minutes remaining.

Lake Oswego (26-1 overall) faces second-ranked South Medford tonight at 8:30 in the championship game.

Although he set the scoring record, Love wasn't the leading scorer on his team. Elliot Babcock-Krenk scored a team-high 10 points, including all four of the Lakers' points in the second quarter.

Unranked Sheldon (21-7) which lost 60-30 earlier in the season to the Lakers ran the clock on offense and double-teamed Love for most of the game.

Sheldon, which failed to score in the fourth quarter, missed a chance to send the game into overtime when an off-balance three-point shot by Brent McKee rimmed out in the final second.

The Lakers had two opportunities to push the game to two possessions late when Love missed a pair of free throws with 2:04 remaining and Taylor Marr missed the front end of a one-and-one with 19.3 seconds remaining.

Blake Poole scored eight of his game-high 12 points in the first quarter.

Class 5A Boys Tournament

u NORTH EUGENE 41, CORVALLIS 38 — At Eugene, Brian Conklin recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead top-ranked and unbeaten North Eugene to a win in a state semifinal contest.

The Highlanders tied the school record with their 27th win of the season. The 1976 team went 27-1 and won the state championship.

u ROOSEVELT 63, MOUNTAIN VIEW 60 — At Eugene, Larry Richards scored 22, including the game-winning points in overtime, as Roosevelt advanced to its first state championship game in 58 years.

Richards' layup and foul shot with 52 seconds left in overtime broke a 60-60 tie and the eighth-ranked Roughriders (20-7) held on as the sixth-ranked Cougars (20-7) missed their final two 3-point attempts.

Class 4A Boys Tournament

u BAKER 62, COTTAGE GROVE 47 — At Corvallis, Matt Duman had 16 points and Luke Sells added 14 as No. 5 Baker advanced to the championship game.

Grant Johnson added 11 points for the Bulldogs (21-4), who finished second at the state tournament in 2005. Baker is seeking its first state title since 1938.

u STAYTON 61, TILLAMOOK 37 — At Corvallis, Cody Britton scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half, and No. 4 Stayton defeated No. 10 Tillamook in a semifinal game.

Britton was 7-for-10 on 3-point attempts and 5-for-5 on free-throw attempts. Ryan Bowers added 11 points for the Eagles.

Class 6A Girls Tournament

u SOUTHRIDGE 41, LAKE OSWEGO 34 — At Portland, Michelle Jenkins scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to help No. 4 Southridge to a semifinal win at the Chiles Center.

Avery Lee's jumper got Lake Oswego within one at 33-32 with 4:53 left, but the Lakers scored just two points the rest of the way.

u JESUIT 46, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 41 — At Portland, sixth-ranked Jesuit erased a 13-point third-quarter deficit to upset top-ranked Central Catholic.

Lauren Wilkins had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead Jesuit, and teammate Julianne Brands added 11 points.

Class 5A Girls Tournament

u WILLAMETTE 64, JEFFERSON 45 — At Portland, Danielle Bellando had 25 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 5 Willamette to a upset win against top-ranked Jefferson in a semifinal game.

Janita Badon had 15 points and Dequise Hammick 11 for Jefferson, of Portland.

u CHURCHILL 46, CRESCENT VALLEY 38 — At Portland, Churchill took the lead for good in the second quarter and held on for a win.

Eight-ranked Churchill (22-6), of Eugene, won despite making just one field goal in the fourth quarter and a total of three in the second half.

Class 4A Girls Tournament

u STAYTON 39, JUNCTION CITY 25 — At Corvallis, Courtney Cremer scored 18 points to lift No. 3 Stayton to a victory over No. 10 Junction City in the semifinals.

Kayla Rauschert had 14 points to lead Junction City (21-6), which committed 27 turnovers.

u GLADSTONE 49, NORTH BEND 38 — At Corvallis, Tasha Dearborn scored 13 points to lead No. 1 Gladstone into the state championship game.

Gladstone, which was 10-for-18 from 3-point range, has never won a state tournament trophy.

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