The West Linn Boys Varsity Basketball team (25-4, 13-1 Three Rivers League) beat the Jesuit Crusaders (24-5, 14-0 Metro League) 68-57, winning their third consecutive state title, on Saturday at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center.
The Lions never trailed, after jumping out to an early lead in the first quarter, 19-14. After leading 37-25 at the half, the Lions held off the Crusaders comeback efforts as they came within seven heading into the fourth quarter. The Lions then took over going on a 10-2 run, to seal their third consecutive state title.
Payton Pritchard, junior, led the team with 29 points, helping him earn Oregon 6A player of the year, for the second year in a row. The Lions have become the second team in Oregon state basketball history to win three straight titles. Jesuit holds the record with four straight titles.