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  • Jefferson claims 5A title with only six players

    Democrats defend crown despite losing over half of team to suspensions
  • EUGENE — Silas Melson scored 24 points and Kadeem Strickland added 18 as Jefferson successfully defended its OSAA Class 5A boys basketball title, defeating Churchill 69-64 Saturday night despite having only six players.
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  • EUGENE — Silas Melson scored 24 points and Kadeem Strickland added 18 as Jefferson successfully defended its OSAA Class 5A boys basketball title, defeating Churchill 69-64 Saturday night despite having only six players.
    Jefferson won its fifth championship in seven years, and did so with more than half of its roster unavailable due to suspension. Earlier in the day, school administrators suspended six players for the final for unspecified detrimental conduct, joining previously suspended starting center Greyson Smallwood.
    The Democrats (26-1) built a 24-point lead in the first half, then watched it nearly slip away as Churchill pulled within 59-57 in the fourth quarter.
    The Lancers (25-3) could never claim the lead, though, and Malik Morgan missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left.
    Class 6A Boys
    WEST LIN 67, SHELDON 56 — At Portland, sophomore Payton Pritchard had 21 points and 10 assists and seven rebounds, and West Linn won its second straight Class 6A championship.
    Anthony Mathis added 21 points for the top-seeded Lions (25-4), who led by as many as 14 points in the game. The team dogpiled on the Moda Center court following the final buzzer.
    Class 4A Boys
    PHILOMATH 48, LA SALLE 39 — At Corvallis, Ben DeSaulnier scored 30 points to go with 11 rebounds and four steals to help Philomath down La Salle.
    The Warriors' only other basketball title came in 2002.
    Class 5A Girls
    WILLAMETTE 63, CORVALLIS 54
    At Eugene, Lexi Bando scored 29 points and Willamette capped a dominant season with a win over Corvallis.
    The Gonzaga-bound Bando went 7-of-16 from the floor and 14-of-14 from the free throw line.
    Willamette (26-1) won its second consecutive state title, and fourth since 2007.
    Class 4A Girls
    SUTHERLIN 52, LA SALLE 40 — At Corvallis, junior Olivia Gulliford scored 16 points as top-seeded Sutherlin capped its undefeated season with a 52-40 win over second-seed La Salle Saturday in the 4A state championship.
    Sophomore Kayce Mock added 15 points and nine rebounds for Sutherlin (27-0), which became the first school of its size to end the season undefeated since Burns in 2006.
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