West Linn controls fourth quarter, defeats Canby

    The Lions (13-5, 3-1 Three Rivers League) beat the Canby Cougars (6-11, 1-3 TRL) with a late 76-69 victory. The crowd was fired up after the girls basketball comeback overtime victory and helped fuel the boys to victory at the annual breast cancer awareness night where both teams wore pink to show their support.

    At the start of the fourth quarter, West Linn had a 47-46 lead and went on to score 29 points to come away with the win. The defense struggled, allowing 23 points to Canby, but was able to recover and hold on for the win. Although it was not as dramatic as the girls game, it finished in a close second.

Guard Anthony Mathis, sophomore, and forward Hayden Coppedge led the Lions in scoring, each with 18 points. Mathis and Coppedge weren’t the only stars of the game. West Linn had two other players scoring in double figures; center Ryan Shearmire, junior, had 17, and guard Payton Pritchard, freshman, finished with 14.

    The Cougars were led by guard Sam Stelk, senior, with 21 points who helped Canby stay in the game. Along with Stelk, junior guard Coby Cates scored in double figures with 18 points.

The Lions take on the Oregon City Pioneers (9-7, 0-4 TRL) this Friday at 6 p.m. at Oregon City High School.