Willamette, Benson take lessons from POA Invite

No. 3 Willamette is already poised for a playoff run, while Benson gets a reality check

No. 2 Benson and No. 3 Willamette headed for the Pacific Office Automation Invitational with high hopes of showing off to the state where they stand in relation to defending champion and No. 1 Clackamas. And, they got differing results.

Benson lost all three of its games, including a disastrous 22-point loss on the third day to Desoto, Tex.

Willamette won two of its three games, and finished a run of seven games in 13 days on a high note with a win over Mater Dei of California.

The Techsters seemed out of energy after narrow losses to Willamette on the first day, and Clackamas on the second.

The Wolverines went 3-4 in their two-week stretch, which included a 16-team tournament in Phoenix, Ariz. They played six out-of-state teams in that stretch, and finished winning three of their last four games.

In the most recent coaches poll, the teams switched ranking positions behind Clackamas, which went 1-2 in the tournament losing to Etiwanda, Calif., by 29, and then unbeaten Archbishop Mitty, 82-67, on the third day.

Willamette lost to Etiwanda 72-52.

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 Oregonsports.com as well as OSPN, which is scheduled for delivery as a streaming Mobile App in December.

Latest Posts

It's a slew of No. 1 for No. 1s

Boys and girls tournaments end with nine of 12 titles going to the top seeds

South Medford shoots past Benson

The Panthers run wild in the second quarter and hold on for title victory