West Linn Boys open Three Rivers League play with victory over Cavs

The West Linn Lions (11-4, 1-0 TRL) used 10-1 run, capped by a steal and breakaway dunk by Ryan Shearmire, junior post, in the fourth to put themselves up for good as they defeated the Clackamas Cavaliers (7-7, 0-1 TRL)  69-63 on Jan. 11.

“It’s league, every game in league is battle,” Shearmire said of the Cavs. “They know us very well and they’ve wanted to beat us for two years.”

Shearmire was helped by 16 points from Hayden Coppedge, junior guard, who also added eight rebounds and by Payton Pritchard, freshman guard, who poured in 12 points and dished out four assists.

Colby Bankofier, senior guard, led the Cavs with 13 points, Aaron Alhstrom, junior guard, and Andrew Gutwig, junior senior,  both helped with 12 points.

“I expect another tough game when we play [Clackamas] next,” Shearmire said.
The Lions play the Lakeridge Pacers (10-3, 2-0 TRL) on Jan 15 at Lakeridge high school at 7 p.m.