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Boys basketball: Beaverton clinches a 'ugly' victory against Southridge

Boys basketball: Beaverton clinches a 'ugly' victory against Southridge

BEAVERTON You win some, you lose some, and sometimes it isn't pretty either way. But an ugly win is still a win, and that's what the Beaverton boys basketball team can say.

"We didn't play very well, to be honest," coach of Beaverton said with a chuckle. "You've got to give Southridge a lot of credit, they had a great defensive game plan. Sometimes in this league, you've got to win ugly. And thats what we did."

The Beavers (9-3, 2-0 Metro League) have been improved offensively, although their defense has been a relatively constant topic throughout the season. It has fought against the Skyhawks (8-5, 1-1 Metro League).

Southridge took the first quarter 13-12 and led 28-23 in the half despite Layne Stricker's 10 points. 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. We had a great run. Tre and Brady (Rice) have had a three out of the half, but thats a good team win.

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

The Skyhawks kept it close down the stretch, but Beaverton's 3-zone defense proved just as impenetrable as its press, and Southridge could not find the looks it needed to complete the comeback.

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

"We've had two practices in the last 15 or 16 days with having 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 anybody if we are playing well, its just a matter of getting guys healthy and playing with purpose."

The Beavers will face Mountainside on Tuesday, and a road match for the Skyhawks will be held on tap the same day.

Ryan Clarke, rclarke@oregonian.com

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