50 is the new 40
Welcome to 2016!
The Les Schwab Invitational headlined a number of tournaments which helped usher in the holiday hoop cheer across the region. It was another prospect filled week, where plenty of the area’s top players put their respective games on display. While scoring 40+ may have been the previous milestone to reach (and several players got there this week), one player managed to go over the half century mark.
Some of Oregon and Washington’s top teams and players showcased their skills, which included plenty of double-double performances and high scoring affairs. Outside of the holiday tournament schedule, a few notable games took place as well in and out of those two states.
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West Linn's Payton Pritchard capped off a successful run at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Florida late last week by leading his team to claim the consolation championship. Pritchard and West Linn knocked off Thomas Jefferson (N.Y.) as Pritchard finished with a near triple - double 19 points, eight rebounds, eight assists.
Then, following an off night in his team’s first game (and win) at the Les Schwab Invitational against Jefferson, Pritchard put on a show in West Linn’s matchup with Clackamas on Monday. Pritchard went off for 33 points and nine assists to help his team get the win.
Beaverton’s Hunter Sweet notched a double-double in his team’s first game at the Les Schwab Invitational. Sweet finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in their loss to Central Catholic. Sweet followed up that performance with 26 points, 9 rebounds and three assists in a loss to Westview. Sweet registered another double-double in Wednesday’s win over Parkrose. Sweet finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Parkrose’s Wilfried Likayi scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while blocking five shots despite his team’s loss to Clackamas at the Les Schwab Invitational. In his second game at the LSI, Likayi enjoyed a second consecutive double-double going for 25 points and 12 rebounds to beat Jefferson. On Wednesday, Likayi finished with his third straight double-double of the tournament going for 27 points and 17 rebounds.
Teammate Isaac Mbuyamba recorded a double-double 21 points and 12 rebounds in his team’s win over Jefferson at the LSI on Monday. On Tuesday, Mbuyamba notched a consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in their loss to Jesuit.
David Douglas’ Charles Jones poured in 31 points in their opening game loss to Garfield at the Les Schwab Invitational. In his second contest at the LSI, Jones went for 25 points and 10 rebounds in another excellent showing despite his team’s loss. On Wednesday, Jones led all scorers with 33 points in their loss to Jefferson.
Jesuit’s Malcolm Porter led all scorers with 29 (7-for-13 from 3-point range) points while also contributing six rebounds, seven steals in in a close double overtime win over Liberty on Monday at the LSI.
Liberty’s Blake Walker scored 26 points despite his team’s loss in double OT to Jesuit on day two of the Les Schwab Invitational. Walker also had 8 rebounds, four assists and three steals in the contest.
Jefferson’s Geno West had 26 points and led all scorers despite the loss to Parkrose at the LSI.
Beaverton’s Beau Sheeran registered a double-double to help his team knock off David Douglas. The 6-foot-7 Junior had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Bend’s Cole Beaumarchais led his team to a big first quarter outscoring their opponent Wasilla (Alaska) 23-3. Beaumarchais finished with 25 points in the win at the Les Schwab Oregon Holiday Hoopfest.
Westview’s Mason Elliott had 28 points in his team’s win over Beaverton. Elliot shot 11-for-16 from the field, and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Clackamas’ Elijah Gonzales dropped 27 points and dished out seven assists to help his team defeat Foss (WA) at the LSI on Tuesday. 18 of Gonzales’ 27 points came in the first half, as he shined offensively in the game.
Mazama’s Curtis Anderson ripped off 30 points to help his team best Madras in the Sisters Holiday Tournament.
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Curtis’ Aushanti Potts-Woods went big scoring 41 points in their win over Great Oak (CA) at the Under Armour Holiday Classic. Potts-Woods led his team in scoring once again with 33 points despite a loss to Roosevelt (East Vale, CA) on Tuesday.
Potts-Woods’ teammate Glenn Jordan also shined in the sunny state, scoring 26 points to help his team defeat Rancho Christian (CA).
Foss’ Roberto Gittens had a big game in his team’s opening LSI matchup. Gittens had 22 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in their win over Jesuit. Gittens was also crowned the Slam Dunk Champion at the Les Schwab Invitational. On Wednesday, Gittens scored 26 points to help his squad take down Lake Oswego.
Garfield’s Daejon Davis stuffed the stat sheet going for 14 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and four steals in their lopsided win against David Douglas at the Les Schwab Invitational.
Issaquah’s Trevon Ary-Turner logged 29 points in a win over San Leandro High (CA).
Puyallup’s Deven Neff paced his team with 29 points in a win over Ingraham.
Jackson’s Sam Saufferer exploded for 32 points to help his team get the win at Newport. Newport’s AJ Block led his team with 29 points in the loss. Saufferer went big again going for 31 points despite his team’s loss to O’Dea earlier this week.
Mercer Island’s Sam Nordale scored 25 points in a win over J.W. North (CA).
Connell’s Gabe Tolrud enjoyed a game-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double in a win over Adna.
Woodinville’s Tony Miller had a big game with 42 points to help his team defeat Mitchell (SD) in the first round of the Mike Miller Classic. Miller has easily scored in double figures in each game this regular season for Woodinville.
Timberline’s Austin Curry dropped a game-high 25 points in a win over Ballard.
Lakeside’s Isiah Brown tallied an impressive 38 points to topple Heritage Christian Academy (Alberta) at the Cactus Jam. Brown was phenomenal yet again, this time going for 52 points to help his team secure a 4-point win over Salpointe Catholic (AZ).
Bainbridge’s Lyle Terry led his team in scoring with 26 points as they knocked off Chimacum.
Timberline’s Eric Stevenson went for 26 points in his team’s close loss to Peninsula.
Bothell’s Cameron Tyson scored 35 points in a win over Shorecrest.
Arlington’s Drew Bryson was one point shy of the 30-point marker ending with 29 in a win over Burlington.
Federal Way’s Jalen McDaniels posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds to help lead his team past Corona del Sol (Arizona) at the Vista Mesa Challenge.
Ferris’ Mike Ervin finished with a career-high 30 points while grabbing eight rebounds and four steals to help his team beat Eastmont.
Lakeside’s Cameron Gay cashed in seven 3-pointers en route to a 34 point effort despite his team’s loss to Overlake at the West Valley tournament.
Liberty’s Noble Cooper tallied 30 points and led his team over Colony (AK).
Eastlake enjoyed a dynamic scoring duo between Ethan Thompson’s 37 points and Ben Davidson’s 25 points to help them get past Juanita.
King’s Corey Kispert scored 26 points in a win over Inglemoor.
Timberline’s Brock Rice eclipsed the 40-point mark ending with 43 points in a win over Lake City on opening day of the Lake City Invitational, a new school record. Teammate Josh Clayton had a double-double in the win, going for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Rice continued his hot streak posting 26 points in a win over Lakeland.
Nampa Christian’s Peyton Brothers went off for 45 points in an overtime win against Ontario (Oregon).
Post Falls’ Max McCullough had six 3-pointers and finished with 31 points to help his team beat South Kitsap at the Lake City tournament.
Stevensville's Bryce Torrey notched 31 points in a win over Corvallis.
Deer Lodge's Cade Benjamin had 25 points in their two point loss to Anaconda.
Syracuse’s Kalvin Mudrow was big in his team’s win over Stansbury at the Eagle Holiday Shootout going for 19 points and 19 rebounds with seven assists.
Woods Cross’ Trevin Knell went for 26 points and pulled down six rebounds in his team’s win over Clearfield.
Davis’ Ben Rigby logged a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds in a narrow loss to Bullett East.