Another week of 6A Portland high school basketball has passed us by. We’ve already taken a look at 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 last full week of the regular season:
1.) Girls: Grant (16-3, 12-0) vs. Lincoln (16-5, 12-1), Friday 6:30 p.m.
This is a matchup that may decide the PIL champion if the two teams continue to sweep through the rest of the league as they have to this point.
Grant won the previous meeting 54-35 at home. The Generals started the game slow, but their full-court pressure defense suffocated the Cardinals in the second and third quarters as Lincoln failed to make a field goal during the stretch. Lincoln’s top scorer, Nohea Waiwaiole was in foul trouble all night and Lincoln failed to receive major contributions from role players.
If Waiwaiole can stay out of foul trouble and Lincoln handles Grant’s full-court pressure like they did in the first half of the first meeting, then the Cardinals have a shot to pull even at the top of PIL. If not, the Generals will clinch the regular season title.
2.) Girls: No. 4 Beaverton (18-3, 10-1) vs. Southridge (13-8, 9-2), Friday 7:15 p.m.
The Metro League is still wide open with three games left on the schedule. The Skyhawks suffered a 36-33 loss last week to No. 5 Jesuit to fall a game back of the Crusaders and Beavers for first place. With a little help though, Southridge can still claim a share of the league title.
They must win Friday night though. In order to avenge their 55-43 loss in the previous meeting, the Skyhawks need to take better care of the basketball. Beaverton will apply full-court pressure defense again, which attributed to the Beavers jumping out to a 19-3 lead in the first matchup.
If Southridge wins, Jesuit will likely be in sole possession of first place with the Beavers and Skyhawks sitting a game back. That would set up the possibility of a three-way tie at the top if Beaverton went on to defeat Jesuit in the final game of the season. If Beaverton wins, then a battle for the league championship is set when the Beavers play the Crusaders on Feb. 24.
3.) Boys: Lake Oswego (13-8, 8-3) vs. No. 1 West Linn (17-4, 10-1), Tuesday 6:45 p.m.
Lake Oswego is coming off a 53-50 loss to No. 9 Lakeridge, which gave West Linn a two-game lead over the Lakers and Pacers for first place in the Three Rivers League. The idea of this game having an impact on the league champion has been removed as its unlikely the Lions lose two of their final three games.
Still though, it is a chance for Lake Oswego to pick up a marquee win, which they have mostly lacked this season. The Lakers have beat only one team from Oregon with a winning league record. That came against South Eugene, who is in second place in the Southwest Conference, back on Dec. 16. Lake Oswego’s three league losses have come to Lakeridge and West Linn, the two teams besides the Lakers with winning conference records. With the playoffs on the horizon, this game could show just how much of a threat Lake Oswego could be in March.
The Lions have won three straight games by double digits since their loss to Lakeridge. They’ll look to continue that trend and replicate the 73-57 win over the Lakers in the first matchup.
4.) Boys: Oregon City (12-9, 7-4) vs. No. 5 David Douglas (18-3, 8-3), Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
David Douglas still has a chance to come away with at least a share of the Mt. Hood Conference title as they sit just a game back of No. 3 Central Catholic. The Scots can’t afford a loss in their final three games though.
Oregon City defeated David Douglas 72-64 in the first meeting. The Pioneers shut down the outside shooting of the Scots in the second half to overcome a halftime deficit. Austin Dewitz led Oregon City with 24 points, while David Douglas’ best scorer, Charles Jones, put up just 13.
The Scots have won five of their last six games since, only losing to Central Catholic. Oregon City is riding a three-game winning streak. A win would improve the Pioneers’ OSAA ranking, which is currently No. 18, and would send them on the road in the first round of the playoffs. A strong finish to the season, including a sweep of David Douglas, could secure a home postseason game.
5.) Girls: Madison (10-11, 7-6) vs. Roosevelt (14-7, 7-6), Friday 6:30 p.m.
This game will have a huge impact on the playoff picture for the PIL. The Senators and Roughriders are tied for the fourth and final automatic playoff berth from the league. Roosevelt, currently ranked No. 33 by the OSAA, is on the bubble but in position to earn an at-large berth to reach the postseason if needed.
The same can not be said for Madison. The Senators are ranked No. 39 in the OSAA rankings, and considering 36 teams reach the play-in portion of the postseason, it looks like Madison will only reach the playoffs if they can secure an automatic berth. Therefore, the Senators’ season could very well ride on the outcome of Friday night’s game.
Roosevelt won the first meeting 55-41. The Senators will likely be eliminated from postseason contention if the outcome is similar on Friday, especially considering Madison still has to play third place Wilson in their regular season finale. A Roosevelt loss would put them squarely on the bubble as the Lady Riders would likely drop slightly in the OSAA rankings after a loss.
Other games of note
Beaverton vs. Westview, Tuesday 7:15 p.m.
Wilson vs. Cleveland, Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Grant vs. Jefferson, Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Grant vs. Wilson, Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Southridge vs. Beaverton, Friday 7:15 p.m.
Jesuit vs. Westview, Friday 7:15 p.m.
Reynolds vs. Clackamas, Friday 7:30 p.m.
Grant vs. Lincoln, Friday 8:00 p.m.
Clackamas vs. Centennial, Tuesday 6:00 p.m.
Southridge vs. Glencoe, Tuesday 7:15 p.m.
Grant vs. Wilson, Thursday 5:45 p.m.
Lincoln vs. Wilson, Friday 6:30 p.m.
Canby vs. St. Mary’s Academy, Friday 7:00 p.m.
Gresham vs. Central Catholic, Friday 7:30 p.m.