OACA ALL STAR SERIES
2012 Series Review
June 17, 20122A 3A 4A 5A 6A OACA All Star Series
North vs. South
In the opener on Friday night the North jumped out to a quick lead, until the South found the range from downtown and stormed back to take the lead. After that, the first half saw the South squad slowly inch ahead to lead by 15 at the half. The North stormed out of the locker room, cutting the lead to 5, before the South pulled away again. The North fought back and forged a tie with just over 4 minutes to play. A nip and tuck battle ensued, creating a 2 point margin until the final 90 seconds when the North went cold and the South hit key 3's and crucial free throws. Leading South to victory were Kevin Wynne (Mazama) with 29 points and Logan Lucero with 22. Aaron Mateski (North Bend) grabbed 8 rebounds and Cole Waddington (Coquille) handed out 4 assists. The North was led by Blake Updike's (Scappoose-16 points) and Jordan Schriber (Tillamook-15points). Bradley Tripp (Ranier) grabbed 10 rebounds. South shot 42% from the field and 65% from the line while the North shot 37% from the field and just 33% from the line.
East vs. West
In the 2nd game of the evening, the East opened an early lead before the West fought back to take a small lead. The game was close throughout the half, and with a final surge right before the 20 minute period ended, the West headed to the locker room up 42-41. But as in the 1st game, the team down at the half came out ready to change the score. The East squad took the lead early, and steadily increased the difference until about 6 minutes remained in the game. The West then charged back, getting close, but never quite able to retake the lead. The East team ended the evening with a 10 point victory (87-77) and a spot in the Championship game on Saturday. Bobby Ahern (Madras) paced the East with 18 pts, while Jordan Curtis (Baker) and Loren Ackerman (LaGrande) each tallied 7 boards. For the West, John Erickson (Sisters) had 14 points, while John Hanson (Philomath) added a "double double" (12 pts/12 rebounds) to his team's cause.
State vs. Metro
In the nightcap on Friday, the Metro team roared out to an early advantage, and never looked back. Up 50-32 at the break, they lead by over 40 at one point in the 2nd half as the State squad could not "buy a basket". (They shot 31% for the game, & just 37% from the FT line). The State team never gave up though and did cut the lead down considerably with a strong run late, but Metro ended on with another flurry, securing a convincing 112-77 win. Metro had 6 players in double figures, led by Kevin Marshall (Wilsonville) & Michone Hopkins'(Milwaukee) 19 pts. Sean McGill (Southridge), Michone Hopkins, & Bryan Beard (Pendleton) all pulled down 10 rebounds. Mitch Cokley (West Linn) and Bryce Clifton (Clackamas) each dished out 5 assists. The State was led by Tanner Manselle (Redmond) with 17 pts, 11 boards, and 4 assists)
3rd Place Regional Series - North vs. West
Saturday's action at Wilsonville opened with the 3rd Place Regional Series game between the North and the West. The North jumped out big early and it was looking like a runaway, until the West rallied. After rallying to within a basket, the West saw the rest of the half as a roller coaster ride; they would get close, fall back, and then get close again, never being able to get "over the hump". At he half it was the North 48-West 34. The 2nd half was "more of the same'; the West would get close and then the North would pull away. The best answer the North had for the West's rallies was Blake Updike. when the West 1st made it a 2 point game, he hit 3 consecutive 3s, followed by another 3 after a North teammate had scored inside. In the end the North's shooting ( 37% from downtown, 10/27 & 93% FT) proved to be too much for the West (13% from 3 & 56% FT), as the North captured 3rd place in the Regional Series. Leading the way for the North squad was Blake Updike with 21 pts, followed by Jordan Schriber's 16 and Dusty Brown's (Gaston) 13 pts. Eric Olheiser (Regis) tallied 14pts and 7 boards for the West, followed by Chaz Hooley (East Linn Christian) with 12pts & Zach Holloway's 6 rebounds.
Regional Championship Game- South vs. East
The Regional Series Championship seemed to match two evenly paired teams as the entire game was a nip and tuck, back & forth affair. Both teams took leads in the 1st half, and both built 10 point cushions, only to see the other squad work their way back into the lead. At the end of the 1st 20 minutes, the East had managed to build a 10 point half time advantage, 51-41. The 2nd half brought more of the same action, as the teams stood toe to toe and slugged it out. The South team had cut deeply into the East's advantage as time ran down, but was never able to retake the lead. Free throws iced the championship for the East, 95-88. Kevin Wynne poured in 22 pts for the South, followed by Connor Thompson (Glide) and Johnny Walters (Days Creek) with 15 apiece. Balance was the key to the title, as the East's scoring line was : Ryan Shephard, & Marco Carranza (Riverside) 13 pts, Devin Bailey (Stanfield) & Dallas Reich (Weston-McEwen) 11 pts, Bobby Ahern 10 pts. Jordan Curtis added 5 assists to the tally sheet also. For the game the East shot .507% from the field (34/67) while the South managed just .425% (34/80).
State vs. Metro - Round #2
The final game of the 40th Anniversary of the Series was Round #2, State vs. Metro. It was evident early that the State team was intent on making this game much harder on the Metro Stars, even though they were down to just 6 players. The entire first half was an entertaining game to watch. Even though the extended minutes were taking a toll, the State players were "hanging tough" and whenever it looked like Metro might be about to blow the game open, the State Stars roared back into the game. Down just just 6 at the break (43-37), the State team had to be pleased with their effort to that point. As the 2nd half wore on, the State team wore down. The effort was still there, but the steps were slower and jumps were lower, which allowed Metro to get out run a little more. In the end it all totaled up to a Metro sweep. Both teams shot well (State .470% &, Metro .430%) although the Metro team was down almost 12% from Round One, a testament to the State's defensive effort Saturday. Pacing the Metro squad on Saturday was Michone Hopkins with 20 pts. Kenyan Middleton added 19 pts and 10 rebounds, while Sean McGill lead the team with 11 boards. The State team managed to get all but one player in double figures, led by Billy Hansen's 24 pts. Tanner Manselle chipped in with 19 pts and 9 rebounds.