No team from Oregon has ever won the Capitol City Classic. This year three Oregon teams have advanced to the semifinals.
But that doesn't mean there is a 75% chance Oregon will come away with the champion this year, either.
Centennial of Corona, CA has been by far the tournament's most impressive team. The Huskies are ranked 14th in the nation, and they have excellent guard play, gobs of athleticism and enough size to bother you, too.
And, oh yeah, they play hard for 32 minutes, too.
Goliath in this tourney is in the black, red and white of Corona Centennial.
In the quarterfinals on Thursday, Centennial played Roosevelt. The Roughriders want to press, run and trap... which is exactly Centennial's game. The result: a 95-47 Huskies win. Centennial was led by junior guard DJ Davis with 21 points and junior five-star wing Jaylen Clark with 19.
In the semifinals, Centennial will play Tigard, who registered an impressive 77-57 win over the Sprague Olympians. The Tigers got a prolific performance from 6'4 shooter Stevie Schlabach, who dropped 35 points on the night. Sophomore Drew Carter chipped in
15 points to support Schlabach.
On the other side of the bracket, Mt. View of Bend erased a 25-10 first quarter deficit to beat Lincoln of Portland. The Cougars Chase McClain led all scorers with 27 points to lead Mt. View to the victory.
Mt. View will face Wilsonville, who defeated Dutchtown of Georgia 62-52. The Wildcats broke free from a halftime tie to take control of the game in the third quarter. Senior guard Jack Roche led Wilsonville with 23 points and 7 assists.