Despite the regular season ending with the boys’ basketball team ranked at 14, the team managed to plow through state playoffs with renewed strength, first winning against number 3 ranked Springfield and then number 6 ranked Crescent Valley.
“We weren’t a full strength until playoffs,” senior Thomas Grant said. “Neyshawn didn’t get cleared until the second half of the season, and Will’s first game back was out senior night.”
Semifinals followed up those two games on March 9, which resulted in a disappointing loss against Churchill High School. The team then went on, instead, to the fight for third place against La Salle, a team they had lost against in the regular season. After an engaing four quarters, Parkrose beat La Salle 76 to 69. The third-place finish, though not what the team initially wanted, would break the decades-long streak of being unable to place in the top three.
“Not [winning state] was disappointing, but we went out and balled out as brothers the last day and were able to beat a good La Salle team that had our number during the regular season,” Grant said. “[It’s] the best Parkrose has placed in over 30 years.”
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