BEAVERTON – You win some, you lose some, and sometimes it’s not pretty either way. But an ugly win is still a win, and that’s what the Beaverton boys’ basketball team can say after a 42-38 win over Southridge on Friday night.
“We didn’t play very well, to be honest,” Beaverton coach Andrew Vancil said with a laugh. “You have to give Southridge a lot of credit, they had a great defensive game plan. Sometimes in this league you have to win lousy. And that’s what we’ve done.
The Beavers (9-3, 2-0 Metro League) have been better offensively. Their defense has been a relatively constant theme throughout a season that had them ranked No. 5 in the OSAA 6A rankings heading into Friday, and it showed against the Skyhawks (8-5, 1-1 Metro League).
Southridge won the first quarter 13-12 and led 28-23 at halftime thanks to 10 points from Layne Stricker. Coming out of the break, the Beavers pressured and blocked Stricker and the Skyhawks.
“The first five minutes of the third quarter made the difference in the game,” Vancil said. “It sparked our run. The 1-2-2 really helped us there, and a few big plays in Tre’s streak, Brady (Rice) hitting a three on halftime… It’s just a good team win.
Thanks in large part to a 1-2-2 press, Beaverton beat Southridge 14-4 in the third quarter and held Stricker to just two points for the rest of the night. On offense, the Beavers were led by senior Trevon Hamilton and second Max Elmgren with 12 points apiece.
The Skyhawks kept him close to the stretch, but Beaverton’s 2-3 zone defense proved just as impenetrable as his press, and Southridge couldn’t find the look he needed to complete the comeback. .
Prior to a 66-33 win over Westview on Tuesday, Beaverton hadn’t played a game since a Dec. 30 win over Barlow in the Les Schwab Invitational. The program has faced COVID issues and had its Jan. 4 game against South Eugene canceled because of it.
“We had two practices in the last 15 or 16 days with a bunch of guys who were out (with COVID),” Vancil said. “We’re barely picking up the pace and the guys are getting their legs back. We can beat anyone if we play well, it’s just a matter of keeping the guys healthy and playing with purpose.
Next up for the Beavers is a trip to Mountainside on Tuesday. For the Skyhawks, a road game at Jesuit is scheduled for the same day.
–Ryan Clarke, [email protected]