Preview of the week ahead: Top five games

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Bendu Yeaney and No. 5 St. Mary's takes on No. 9 West Linn in a Three Rivers league clash this week.

Bendu Yeaney and No. 5 St. Mary’s takes on No. 9 West Linn in a Three Rivers league clash this week.

Another week of 6A Portland high school basketball has passed us by. We’ve already taken a look at the the week that was. Now, let’s look forward to the exciting week ahead. Here are the top five 6A boys and girls basketball games in the week to come:

1.) Boys: No. 2 Central Catholic (10-2) at No. 3 David Douglas (12-0), Tuesday 7:30 p.m.

This is as good as it gets for a league matchup. Both teams are 2-0 in league and are the top two ranked teams by the OSAA. Central Catholic is the favorite. The Rams proved they can hang with the best teams in the country in the Les Schwab Invitational. Now, it’s time to prove they are the biggest threat to spoiling No. 1 West Linn’s quest for a three-peat.

The Scots are more of a mystery. They haven’t been tested by a team like Central Catholic this season. Their best win, 78-61 over No. 9 Southridge, came in the season opener. Charles Jones is one of the top scorers in the state. We’ll find out how legitimate David Douglas is in this matchup, which will have a huge impact on the Mt. Hood Conference title.

2.) Boys: No. 9 Southridge (9-2) at No. 4 Jesuit (7-4), Friday 7:15 p.m.

It’s the first matchup between what appears to be the two best teams in the Metro League. Jesuit has righted the ship as the Crusaders are on a three-game winning streak after losing four of five. Junior Malcolm Porter and Sophomore Cameron Parker seem to be growing in confidence as the season goes on. The Crusaders are a guard-heavy team, which may make Southridge a bad matchup.

The Skyhawks have skilled big men, and a lot of them. Jacob Hintemeyer, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Crater, played in his first games last week and was impressive in both. Ben Borja (6-foot-6) and Peyton King (6-foot-5) also have the ability to score with their backs to the basket and fight for rebounds. Jesuit will be Southridge’s best competition so far this season. It will be interesting to see how the Skyhawks perform.

3.) Girls: No. 5 Saint Mary’s (8-4) at No. 9 West Linn (6-6), Tuesday 6:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s is the only unbeaten team in league. West Linn is 4-1, but coming off a 36-23 loss to Tigard on Friday night. They’ll be motivated to come out sharp after a poor offensive performance.

West Linn is 1-3 against the state’s top ten teams. The Lions beat No. 2 Oregon City in the Nike Interstate Shootout. However, they lost to No. 8 Jesuit in their first game of the season and fell short twice against No. 4 Beaverton. Forward/guard Taylor Enders, a Utah State commit, is the Lions’ top scorer. She’ll need to have a stellar game to knock off a quick St. Mary’s team.

The Blues are 2-2 against the state’s top ten teams so far this season. They beat No. 8 Jesuit and No. 6 Clackamas, but lost to No. 2 Oregon City and No. 6 Glencoe in the Nike Interstate Shootout. The Blues have many offensive threats in guards Bendu Yeaney, Tasia Bilbrew and Martina McCowan. Tyschal Blake is one of the more talented post players in the state. If the Blues can force the action, they’ll have a great chance of staying on top of the Three Rivers League.

4.) Girls: No. 6 Glencoe (9-2) at No. 8 Jesuit (8-3), Tuesday 7:15 p.m.

The Crimson Tide have been a surprise in the Metro League so far. First-year head coach Dave Immel’s team is intense on the defensive end. They’ve only allowed more than 50 points twice this season. Glencoe knocked off then top-ranked St. Mary’s in the Nike Interstate Shootout. The Tide rely on balanced scoring offensively. Kailen Immel, Kayla Hyppolite and Cassidy Griswold have all had strong scoring performances this season.

Jesuit is off to another strong start in hopes of being Metro League champs for the first time since 2011. The Crusaders three losses have all come against top-notch opponents; No. 1 South Salem, No. 5 St. Mary’s, and Lynnwood (Wash.), which won the Nike Interstate Shootout. Jesuit beat No. 9 West Linn earlier this season. A battle in the post between Jesuit’s Alzena Henry and Glencoe’s Abby Anderson should be fun.

5.) Girls: Wilson (5-6) at Grant (7-3), Thursday 5:45 p.m.

At the very least this is a matchup of two of the top three teams in the PIL, if not the top two. Both teams are 3-0 to start league play. Grant has been dominant in the early part of league season, outscoring PIL opponents by an average of 83-39. The combined record of their league opponents is 1-7 though.

Wilson will be the best competition Grant has faced so far in league. The Trojans are hard to peg right now. They’re 5-6, but have been impressive against some of the weaker competition in the PIL. Four of Wilson’s losses came to teams from out-of-state. This game will give us a much better gauge as to how good the Trojans are. Wilson also has to face Lincoln, a top three PIL team, later in the week.

Other games of note:

Girls

Wilson at Lincoln, Friday 6:30 p.m.

No. 2 Oregon City at Centennial, Friday 6:00 p.m.

No. 6 Clackamas at Central Catholic, Friday 7:30 p.m.

Sherwood at Tigard, Friday 6:45 p.m.

Boys

No. 10 Clackamas at No. 2 Central Catholic, Friday 6:00 p.m.

Lakeridge at Tualatin, Tuesday 6:45 p.m.

Tigard at No. 8 Newberg, Tuesday 6:45 p.m.

Reynolds at No. 3 David Douglas, Friday 7:30 p.m.

No. 8 Newberg at No. 1 West Linn, Friday, 6:45 p.m.

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