Lake Oswego — Entering Sunday’s matchup, both Beaverton and North Medford were searching for an impactful win after falling in their respective first round matches at the Lakeside Tournament at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego. Beaverton fell to eventual tournament champion Oregon City 38-32, while North Medford lost to eventual tournament runner-up Evergreen (WA) 58-42. For the Beavers, a momentum boosting win could prove to be crucial in the final stages of non-conference and as they prepare to enter the brutal Metro League, and the team came through big in this one.
Trent Walker and Tyler Baltus opened up the game with a basket and a trey for Beaverton, giving the Beavers a quick 5-0 lead on the Tornadoes. North Medford responded with a 7-0 run featured with five Landon Ellis points and a Jett Carpenter trey to take the lead 7-5. Beaverton would close out the quarter on a run of their own, as Walker had seven points in an 13-0 run to give the Beavers an 18-7 lead after one quarter of play.
The Tornadoes opened the second with a basket, and after another Walker basket, Treyson Neff lit a fire with back to back treys for the Tornadoes, suddenly flipping it to an 18-15 game. North Medford closed it to within 20-19, but Beaverton fought back with a 5-0 run to get a six point gap and some breathing room as they led 28-24 at the half. Trent Walker led all scorers with 15 points at the half, Treyson Neff had eight points to lead North Medford.
With a 4-0 run to open the second half, Beaverton made it a 32-24 game but the Tornadoes hung in there with the Beavers, exchanging runs throughout the quarter that kept it a 44-37 Beaverton lead after three quarters. Fast forward to less than three minutes left in the game, with North Medford trailing 52-47, Neff drilled a trey that closed the gap to 52-50 Beaverton. However, the Tornadoes failed to capitalize on offensive boards down the stretch, allowing the Beavers to close it out via free throws and hang on 55-52 to win the Lakeside Tournament Consolation Championship.
After hanging 21 points and 14 points respectively, Beaverton’s Trent Walker and Dane Erikstrup both discussed the victory and what it means for the Beavers looking ahead…
Trent Walker on the team mood, “We feel really good, we have a lot of energy coming in and a lot of momentum. The first loss was not what we wanted, but we capitalized on it to end the weekend.”
Dane Erikstrup on the offensive gameplan, “Our plan was to get the ball inside out, and right off the bat we got the ball inside and like seven or ten points on easy kick outs to wide open men. Defensively, it was about sagging on the three point line and making them prove they can make them to us.”
Trent Walker on what Beaverton could’ve done better defensively, “We’ve got to communicate better, but I also think we needed to make more shots on the offensive side in a two point game. I think we were like 13 for 26 on free throws, which is 13 points right there and it not being a two point game, so yeah I think we could communicate better and put more points on the board.”
Dane Erikstrup on team improvements for Metro League play, “I definitely think our free throws after tonight, and then honestly I think we need to talk better in our zone and keep killing it in there because we have length at all positions. Other than that, I think we’re going to have a great season.”
Beaverton (5-2) hosts Tualatin on Friday, North Medford (3-4) faces Ashland on Thursday at the Abby’s Holiday Tournament in Medford.