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Boys basketball: Beaverton wins a ugly victory against Southridge

Boys basketball: Beaverton wins a ugly victory against Southridge

BEAVERTON You win some, you lose some, and sometimes it isnt pretty either way. But an ugly win is still a win, and thats what Beaverton boys basketball team can say after a 42-38 victory against Southridge.

We didnt play very well, to be honest, Southridge coach John Vancil said with a chuckle. Sometimes in this league, youve got to win ugly. And thats what we did.

The Beavers (9-3, 2-0 Metro League) have been better offensively, but their defense has been a relatively constant theme throughout the season that saw them ranked No. 5 in the OSAA 6A rankings before Friday, and it sported itself against the Skyhawks (8-5, 1-1 Metro League).

Southridge took the first quarter 13-12 and led 28-23 at the half back of senior Layne Stricker. Coming out of the break, the Beavers turned on pressure and stymied Stricker and the Skyhawks.

The first five minutes of the third quarter was the difference in the game, Vancil said. It sparked our run. Tre, Brady (Rice) slugs three out of the half, so its just a good team win.

Beaverton outscored Southridge 14-4 in the third quarter and held Stricker to just two points for the rest of the night. On offense, the Beavers were led by senior Trevon Hamilton and sophomore Max Elmgren with 12 points apiece.

The Skyhawks maintained a close-range close to the stretch, but Beaverton's defense against the 2-3 zone was as unblemished as its press, and Southridge wasn't certain what it needed to complete the comeback.

Beaverton had not played a game since a 66-33 win over Westview on Tuesday, but it has been dealing with COVID problems and its game against South Eugene has been canceled because of the game.

Weve had two practices in the last 15 or 16 days with a bunch of guys out (with COVID), Vancil said. Were just getting back into a rhythm and guys are getting their legs back. We can beat anyone if we play well, its just a matter of getting guys healthy and playing with purpose.

On Tuesday, the Beavers will travel to Mountainside, where the Skyhawks will be able to play a road game at Jesuit.

Ryan Clarke, rclarke@oregonian.com

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