On Wednesday the 6A Oregon High School Basketball Championships will move to the Rose Garden. After Saturday night, the 6A champions will be crowned out of the eight teams remaining. It is every high school player's dream to play on this stage, so there is no doubt we'll see some amazing games.
Previewing the slate of games on Wednesday one game that stands out is the Lake Oswego vs. Southridge match up. After being tested last Friday by Tigard, in arguably their toughest win of the year,the Lakers do not seem as invincible as they've been perceived. On the flip side, Southridge has won two close matches between Lakeridge and David Douglas. Both games decided by a combined five points, there is no doubt that the Skyhawks are riding a lot of momentum coming into this game, led by a strong class of seniors. However, with so many offensive threats with Hermanson, Griffin and Caslick producing at such a high level (Scoring a combined 75 points out of 153 in the last two playoff games) Southridge defensively will not be able to keep up with the Lakers.
After a hard fought game last Friday, Sunset defeated the upset minded Timberwolves of Tualatin. Led by a strong post duo pertaining of Tyler Gutierrez standing at 6"8, and Adam Mead at 6"7, they are key to the Apollo's success. Facing a familiar foe in Jesuit, a confernce opponent, Sunset know what to expect. After already being blown out twice already by the Crusadors, expect a tight game from Sunset. After struggling to contain Sprauge's Tanner Morgan at post (dropping 17 points in a low scoring game) the Apollos may be able to expose one of Jesuit's weaknesses tomorrow. With all this in mind, I'm calling upset here, the Apollos walk away with the victory thanks to outstanding post play and superb three point shooting.
In the other two games I see West Linn taking out Grant, in a game where the Lions of West Linn will take over offensively. Addiitonally Central Catholic will handle South Medford with ease in the least exciting game of the day.