Boys Basketball Playoff review
The Saxons started out 8-0 [8 wins and 0 losses] this season and are on track to maintain their appearance late into the playoffs. The Saxons have been in the top 10 of the Oregon School Activities Association [OSAA] basketball rankings the whole season, and it does not appear that they will be slowing down anytime soon. With a Greater Valley Conference [GVC] champion title clinched, the Saxons are ready to make a playoff push.
“The team is very excited to have accomplished another conference title. It was one of our goals this season as a team,” coach Tyler Allen said. “We know this does not complete our season but a great benchmark for us moving forward.”
“We went from a bunch of good players to a team of good players and we have a real chance at state because of it,” Mikhail Benjamin ‘18 said.
South will be entering the playoffs on a 13 game win streak and will have plenty of momentum going in. The playoffs started on Mar. 2 and ended on Mar. 12. As for OSAA rankings, the teams were ranked on Thursday Feb. 25. Being the sixth ranked team meant the Saxons will have played the 27 ranked team, Southridge, whom they beat 67-49. Then the following game against McNary was another win 71-58. In the quarterfinals, South played and won against Clackamas 82-74 in overtime. Unfortunately the Saxons lost in the semifinals to South Medford 48-49. The Saxons boys defeated Jefferson in the third place game 79-57. It was the third year in a row to bring home a trophy at the state tournament. The Saxon boy’s also earned this year sportsmanship trophy.