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Boys basketball: Beaverton retains Grant and advances to 6A quarter-finals

Boys basketball: Beaverton retains Grant and advances to 6A quarter-finals

The battle-tested Beavers saw their double-digit lead to start the fourth quarter dwindle, but managed to get away with the home win to advance to the next round.

No. 8 Beaverton held on to beat No. 9 Grant 45-44 Friday at Beaverton High School in the second round of the OSAA 6A Boys’ Basketball State Championship Tournament.

“I just think this group of guys are really proven,” Beaverton coach Andrew Vancil said. “They played a tough schedule. They’ve been in a ton of dogfights. We’ve been to many games like this over time. I kept telling guys, ‘We just gotta make a winning play or two in the streak when it counts.’ … We’ve been able to make enough winning plays here.

Beaverton (19-6) advanced to the quarterfinals of the state tournament and will face top seed Tualatin (23-2) on Wednesday at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center.

Beaverton lost to Tualatin 76-44 at the Les Schwab Invitational in December. The Beavers aim to avenge this loss.

“We have to (get) a return on investment, a revenge. We lost by 30 last time out in LSI,” said Beaverton senior Trevon Hamilton. “We’re just trying to get our revenge next Wednesday. We just have to prepare for it.

Beaverton finished the third quarter with a 39-28 lead. A few three-pointers from sophomore Aidan Rice and another three-pointer from junior Brady Rice helped the Beavers take that double-digit lead.

However, Grant (19-6) didn’t go easy. The Generals opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run and eventually took a 42-41 lead midway through the period on a long two-point jumper from junior Marcus McKinney.

“Grant is a very good team. I think they’re in the top five or six teams in the state. I think they are underseeded,” Vancil said. “Any time you play against a really good team like that, they’re not going to turn around and walk away. They’re going to have a run in them. That’s exactly what they did.

“We spoke to half that they were going to come out, try to punch you in the mouth and increase their intensity. I think the referees did a good job in settling this game. It didn’t get out of control, physically. So we were able to stay in the game. We were just riding through this storm.

Later, as time ran out and faced a 44-43 deficit, Beaverton got a turnover and Hamilton scored on an early break to give the Beavers a 45-44 lead with seconds left. to play. This would be the final score of the winning match.

“Brady Rice, he robbed us. I looked, and no one was near me. I was just, ‘Okay, I’m going to do this,’” Hamilton said of the play. “Then there are two guys running behind me, and I’m like, ‘Oh, no.’ Adrian Mosley is a good shot blocker. I just tried to get up, and I did. I was excited, but we had to come back and play defense.

On the final possession of the game, Grant’s elder Jae’Sean Pete fired a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the shot didn’t go in, closing the books on the Generals comeback attempt.

“I give it to Grant. Their defense, their aggression, they are really good. We just walked away with it, and I’m so happy,” Hamilton said. “I am proud of my boys. We just run out at the end of the game, and I’m just proud of them. I love them.”

Hamilton finished with 10 points.

For the first three quarters, Grant couldn’t find a rhythm offensively. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Grant got going, playing stingy defense and taking advantage of turnovers.

“We dug ourselves a hole in the first quarters. We came back at the end, but couldn’t make it out,” said Andre Lawrence, Grant senior. “It just lacks communication and missing homework. They had a lot of open threes and a lot of stealth cuts.

Lawrence and Mosley led Grant with 13 points apiece. Lawrence scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and Mosley had 9 points in the second half.

“We are a brave team. We have a lot of seniors in the team. We all really wanted it,” Lawrence said of the team’s fourth quarter effort. “We fought hard and we just couldn’t get out of it.”

The eldest Generals added of playing for Grant last season: “The team is like a family. We are like brothers. We have always supported each other. We always get up when we’re down. We always celebrated each other when we had good matches. We always celebrated and I felt like I belonged.