Friday's top five: A look back at the five biggest basketball games from Jan. 6
Read here to find top games, scores, photo highlights and more
Oregon's best high school basketball teams just flat got after it on Friday.
There were melees in the Metro League, clashes in the Mt. Hood Conference, tussles in the Three Rivers League and much, much more.
And with all that going on, Pamplin Media Group's sports editors, reporters and photographers were out in force to document a bunch of it.
Among the many games covered by Pamplin Media Group on Friday, there were some absolutely huge results that will shape the state power rankings for weeks to come.
In case you may have missed some of these landmark scores, here's a look back at Friday's top five games. You can see all our coverage by clicking on the Prep Basketball Tab — to see it, just hover over the Sports tab — on all our websites.
To see all of Friday's scores, click here.
To see Friday's best of the best photo gallery, click here.
Through the expected struggle, Beaverton's battle never ceased.
A double-digit first-half deficit. Long scoring droughts. A demobilized Metro Player of the Year in Hunter Sweet who gritted through a balky back injury, but was clearly not himself. A revved up Wildcat squad that played with no apprehension before a big crowd.
It was a lot to prevail over. It was not always pleasant.
Yet, the Beavers could care less about style points. Not anymore. If you're trying to pinpoint how Beaverton has evolved since the end of last year until now, start there. How the Beavers are reaching deep game after game and finding it within themselves to stay the course, to continue to defend and to a greater extent, mature into a team that believes it can win any game, against any team.
Mustering a late-game defensive mettle and relying on the gutsy effort of their battle-hardened senior point guard Cole Johanson who came up with the deciding three-point play late in the fourth, Beaverton pulled out a huge, high-priority 47-44 win over Westview on Friday night at Beaverton High School.
You just knew this one was going to be a slugfest.
The Lakeridge boys basketball team rolled into its Friday road game at Lake Oswego as the state's 10th-ranked club and carrying an 8-1 season record.
The Lakers, meanwhile, entered at No. 14, but with a much more modest 4-6 overall record.
But none of that matters when the Lakers and Pacers hook up in one of their rivalry games, and Friday proved that point again, with Lakeridge shaking free in the game's final three minutes to win 61-54.
For a brief moment and for the first time all game, as Milwaukie seamlessly skipped the ball up the court and into sharp shooting senior Chelsea Brooks' hands as the final fourth quarter seconds dwindled, overtime seemed imminent.
The No. 27 Mustangs trailed by 17 points heading into halftime but fought back to within three points and one shot from extra basketball.
But Brooks missed the target as time expired and Wilsonville hung on for a 43-40 victory Friday, Jan. 6 at Milwaukie High School.
It's hard to dig out of a crater.
The Forest Grove girls came close but could not recover from a woe begotten first quarter, in falling to West Albany 47-42 on Friday.
Putnam's girls' basketball team stuck to its usual game plan, which was more than Parkrose was prepared to handle Friday night.
Abigail Paul scored a game-high 18 points and three other Putnam players also scored in double figures as the Kingsmen blitzed the Broncos 70-33 in Friday's Northwest Oregon Conference opener at Putnam High School.