Wednesday, December 20, 2017


There was plenty of excitement in our opening game that featured the Portland, Oregon's West Linn and Miami Florida's Palmetto. The two schools which are separated by more than 3,000 miles proved to be much closer on the court. The opening four minutes of play were dominated by West Linn who jumped to an early 10-0 lead. Palmetto countered with an attack and cut the lead to 17-8 at the quarter break. A 13-4 run by the Panthers to open the second quarter tied the game a 21-21. Palmetto took their first lead minutes later at 26-25 with three minutes remaining in the half. The two teams swapped the lead three more times with West Linn taking a 34-30 lead at the half. The Lions withstood three runs by Palmetto holding their lead at four points until the Panthers reeled off 5 straight in final minute of the quarter to take a 52-51 lead. The two teams swapped the lead five times in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter before West Linn took a 66-62 lead with three minutes to play. Mikal Starks' scored the final four points of the game for Palmetto tying the game at 69-69 with 34 seconds remaining in play. A floater by West Linn's Drayton Caolie with less than 10 seconds to play put the Lions ahead for good. The 71-69 victory will advance West Linn to Thursday's quarterfinals. Oregon State football signee Keishon Dawkins led the way for West Linn with a game-high 26 points and 9 rebounds. Micah Garrett added 19 points for the Lions. Mikal Starks 21 points and 9 rebounds led Palmetto. 

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