Monday, March 21, 2005

OSAA Basketball Championship - Mayhem in the Pit

The Pit (McArther Court in Eugene, OR) has a reputation of being the home of some of the wildest college basketball games in the Pac 10. Last week, the aura and magic of The Pit was the backdrop to the Oregon High School Boy's Basketball Championships. In the semi-finals, Lake Oswego upset Jefferson High...handing the Democrats another tournament loss, spoiling their chance to regain the title which they last won in 2000. But it was the championship game between the Lakers and Jesuit High that added another legend to the chronicles of The Pit.

After being all but dead and buried with a 17 point half-time deficit, the Crusaders magically executed an amazing come from behind victory to crush Lake Oswego's dream of their first state title. It was in their hands...with less than 3 minutes remaining, they still held on to a 10 point lead. But Jesuit's intense defensive pressure broke the Lakers and the Crusaders managed to literally steal the state title away in the final seconds; their second in school history.

Additional photos are posted on my SportsShooter member page and in my PBase Gallery.

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