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West Linn Captures The Title
Written by Oregon Sportsnet    Saturday, 09 March 2013 21:45   

PORTLAND, Ore. - Ryan Shearmire and Anthony Mathis lead the underdog West Linn Lions to a 45-41 win over Central Catholic to claim the OSAA 6A Boys Basketball State Championship held at the Rose Garden Arena.

Central Catholic came into the game as the clear favorite in the State Championship game after they had dispatched defending Champion Jesuit in the Semi-Finals. The West Linn Lions didn't think that was true at all though and it never backed down from the challenge.

The Rams started the game off with a dominating inside presence in Austin Dyer and a game plan to get it to him as much as possible. Dyer was going to work on the block and seemingly scoring at will on the Lions. His dominating 1st quarter effort allowed Central Catholic to finish with an 11-9 lead.

But, that's when West Linn decided to change their strategy and go to a 2-3 zone to try to slow down Dyer.  Central Catholic began to struggle mightily from the field leading to run outs by West Linn and regular buckets from Ryan Shearmire.

West Linn outscored the Rams 10-6 in the 2nd to own a 19-17 lead at the half.  Both teams struggled to find their shooting rhythm with the tremendous defensive effort that each squad was playing in the 1st half. Shearmire lead the Lions with 11 pts in the half while Austin Dyer dropped in 9 pts for Central.

The game was a tremendous battle with big plays by both squads over and over again as the game came down to the wire. West Linn would own a 4 point lead after 3 but the excitement wasn't over.

At one point both teams would exchange back-to-back 3's as this fight for the Championship would move towards its climax.  A huge 3 by freshman point guard Jarrod Howard at the 3:37 mark in the 4th seemingly to put the game out of reach only to have Mitchell Franz return the favor just seconds later to bring Central right back into it.

Anthony Mathis for West Linn really heated up in the 2nd half making 2 clutch 3-pointers that had the Lions' crowd blowing the roof off the Rose Garden.

In the end, it would be a mad scramble for Central Catholic as they desperately tried to tie things up in the last minute of the game. But alas, none of their desperate attempts would fall for them and the West Linn Lions celebrated their 2013 6A State Basketball Championship.

LEADING SCORERS:

WL: #44 Ryan Shearmire (15), #32 Anthony Mathis (15), #33 Hayden Coppedge

CC: #15 Austin Dyer (19), #2 Mitchell Franz (9), #3 Deante Strickland (5)

 

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