Out-of-state teams have won the last seven titles at the Les Schwab Invitational, the top event on the calendar every year in Oregon.
But Wednesday's action at Liberty High School in Hillsboro saw a pair of tournament favorites from outside of the Beaver State fall. Central Catholic (Portland)
bounced Ricardo Gathers
and Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)
while Westview (Portland)
stunned Yates (Houston)
in the nightcap.
The semifinals will feature three Oregon teams and Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
, which has has won the LSI four times and finished second once.
Central Catholic raced to a 27-8 lead at the end of the first quarter against Riverside Academy and maintained a comfortable distance throughout before winning 82-65. The Rams, who will play Jesuit (Portland)
in Thursday's semifinals, received 34 points and nine rebounds from senior wing Danny Brakebush
Kansas signee Landen Lucas
, a 6-foot-9 transfer from Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
, posted 20 points and 11 rebounds as Westview held high-scoring Yates in check, 68-59. The Wildcats will take on Oak Hill Academy in the semifinals.OKAFOR, EMERY GO BIG AT BEACH BALL
A couple of individual performances highlighted Wednesday play at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
In a 78-62 win over Lexington (S.C.)
, Whitney Young (Chicago)
received 36 points and 14 rebounds from 6-10 sophomore Jahlil Okafor
. The Dolphins will get a shot at City of Palms Classic champ Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
An angry Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
team looking for national respect at the event got 37 points from junior guard and reigning state player of the year Nick Emery
in an 86-48 win over Myrtle Beach. Emery drilled six 3-pointers and helped the Knights pile up 51 first-half points.
Lone Peak was an overwhelming pick to repeat in Utah's 5A classification this season but was upset in a tournament two weeks ago by Orem
. The Knights will face St. Augustine (New Orleans)
in quarterfinal action.