Roosevelt stuns opening day crowd

Class 6A tourney begins with inner-city buzzer-beater

PORTLAND - Third-ranked Roosevelt nearly blew an 18-point lead Wednesday night, but the fast-break offense that built the lead came through in the closing seconds to highlight the first day of the Class 6A OSAA/OnPoint Community Credit Union boys basketball state tournament at the University of Portland.

Terrence Hill, Jr., made a lay-up at the buzzer to give the Roughriders a 67-65 victory over Grant in the quarterfinals, saving the game they led 48-30 midway through the third quarter.

Utrillo Morris scored 23 points to lead Roosevelt. Hill went for seven points and four rebounds.

In the other quarterfinal games, top-seed Central Catholic beat Jesuit 59-33, two-time defending champion Tualatin beat Barlow 62-46 and No. 7 Beaverton upset No. 2 Southridge 64-56.

The semis on Friday afternoon feature Central Catholic vs. Tualatin, and Roosevelt against Southridge.

The girls tournament begins today with semifinals on Friday evening.

Cliff Pfenning

Cliff is a lifelong resident of Oregon and has four decades of experience as a writer, photographer, videographer, broadcaster and now producer. He's a grad of Benson and the University of Oregon, and publishes as well as OSPN, which is scheduled for delivery as a streaming Mobile App in December.

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