West Linn Boys Basketball advances to Final Four

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West Linn Boys Basketball advances to Final Four

The West Linn Boys Varsity Basketball team (25-4) took on the Central Catholic Rams (19-11) in a rematch of last season’s state title game. The Lions fought their way to a 74-63 win.

“I Thought we did a good job of getting fast break points and in the second half we did a lot better on the boards rebounding,” Hayden Coppedge, senior, said. The Rams kept it close in the first half, with West Linn having only a four-point lead, 28-24 at halftime.

West Linn was guided by junior guard Anthony Mathis, who had a game high 31 points, with 17 in the fourth quarter and the Lions were able to open up the game offensively in the second half, scoring 46 points in the third and fourth quarter. Central Catholic was able stayed in the game though, as West Linn gave up 26 points in the fourth quarter. Despite the Rams pursuit, the Lions were able to pull away late and asserted their dominance.

With a rematch of last season’s state title game, West Linn had an idea of what to expect going into the game.

“We watched film from this season rather than any from the title game because of the new personnel,” Coppedge said.

The Lions will take on the Jesuit Crusaders (21-8) this afternoon at 3:15 p.m. at the Moda Center.