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The West Albany boys are headed to the first round of the 6A basketball playoffs.

The Bulldogs (12-13) took a 65-57 win over Newberg in a play-in game to advance.

West coach Derek Duman said the Bulldogs had a fast start and built a 10-point lead.

"We started really strong," Duman said. "Our pressure got to them early."

That gap was enough for the Bulldogs and they were able to keep Newberg at bay.

"We kind of just controlled the rest of the game," Duman said.

Chase LaPerle had 16 points, Cassius McGinty 15 and Oreon Courtney 14 for the Bulldogs.

Duman said the Bulldogs will most likely play at Southridge on Wednesday.

Philomath 52, North Valley 34

PHILOMATH — Philomath rolled to a win against North Valley in the 4A play-in game.

The Warriors outscored North Valley 18-5 in the second quarter.

PHS coach Blake Ecker said the Warriors forced a lot of turnovers with several players stepping into the passing lanes.

"We just got some energy and got some steals," Ecker said. "In the second quarter we did an nice job of limiting their opportunities and that gave us some good looks on the offensive end based on our defense."

The Warriors were never really threatened for the rest of the game.

Nolan Jackson led PHS with 13 points and Kenan Conner added 10.

The Warriors (14-8) will advance to play a first round game at Mazama on March 3 in the 4A playoffs

Philomath played Mazama last season in the round of 16.

"They are very similar to what they were last year," Ecker said. "They're not super big but they're very aggressive, athletic and they can shoot it a bit."

The Warriors are on a hot streak, having won eight of the last nine games.

They were 7-7 before going on the run.

"I think it's about our team just getting to know each other better and playing with passion enthusiasm and effort," Ecker said. "Really proud of the guys and how they've turned things around."

Vernonia 60, Monroe 46

MONROE —  The Dragons had their season come to an abrupt end with the 2A playoff loss to Vernonia.

The Dragons had a difficult time shooting the ball all game.

Brian Goracke led Monroe with 20 points and Zach Young added 12. Young did not practice all week after getting hurt in the Oakland game on Feb. 17.

"He just didn't have his legs under him," Monroe coach Chad Goracke said.

"We were beat up and they played pretty good. They played controlled basketball."

Monroe finishes the season at 20-7 overall and was 13-1 in Mountain View Conference play.

The Dragons were co-conference champions with Oakland. Monroe does not have any seniors on the roster.

"It was a good learning experience for our boys," Goracke said.


HEPPNER — The season came to an end for Central Linn with a 50-41 loss at Heppner in the first round of the 2A girls playoffs.

The Cobras finish the year at 18-9 overall.

Heppner advances to the state tournament with the win.


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