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Woodburn boys eighth grade team punches ticket to state tournament


JP BUSTAMANTE - Back row, from left: Coach JP Bustamante, Jaden Bellman, Juan Sanches, Damian Bustos, Reese Miller, Maverick Cheremnov, Miguel Trevino, Coach Daniel Cheremnov. 
Front row, from left: Robert Alvarez, Carter Nelson, Georgio Bustamante. 
Not Pictured: Erik Jimenez.The Woodburn eighth grade AAU basketball took first place in the B Division of the Putnam Hoops Classic held at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie Jan. 16-17. The Bulldogs beat West Linn 57-56 in the tournament final, qualifying the team for a berth in the state tournament held in Bend this March.

The win over West Linn came after a furious rally from Woodburn, which fell behind 14-2 early and fought to tie the game at 27-27 at halftime. The Bulldogs again found themselves down late in the game, but scraped out of a seven-point deficit with two minutes left to clip West Linn in the final seconds.

Earlier in the tournament, Woodburn beat Gresham 38-23 and Gladstone 57-46. They lost to West Linn 44-42 in pool play before turning around to win in the championship game.