- Associated Press - Friday, March 14, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Mitch Herbert scored 17 points and Sheldon shot 57 percent from the field in a 65-57 win over Clackamas in the OSAA Class 6A boys basketball quarterfinals Thursday night.

Nick Nestell had 13 points and three steals for the Irish, who made 23 of 40 field goal attempts.

Sheldon (21-6) advances to the semifinals for the first time since 2007, playing South Salem on Friday at the Moda Center. The Saxons (26-3) beat Sunset 72-65 to advance.

Jesuit will face top-seeded West Linn in the other semifinal. Top-seeded West Linn (23-4) beat Central Catholic 74-63 in the first game of the day, and the Crusaders (18-8) defeated South Medford 42-36.

Raekwon Mingledoff hit 6 of 8 shots and scored 15 points to lead Clackamas (22-5).

Sheldon controlled most of the first half, and led 27-21 at halftime. But midway through the third quarter, Andrew Gutwig scored consecutive baskets to give Clackamas a 37-36 lead.

The Irish took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, one it was able to stretch to 52-44 with 4:44 remaining as Nick Larson hit two 3-pointers to fuel a 12-3 run.

Collin Huun scored 24 points for South Salem’s 25th consecutive win. Huun did much of his damage from the free throw line, where he was 11 of 11.

The Saxons had four players score in double figures, including Jamel Merriweather with 13, Gabe Matthews with 13 and Connor Fohn with 10.

Sunset (19-7) received 16 points from Jeff Bieber, and 13 from Tyler Gutierrez.

South Salem trailed 22-18 early in the second quarter but Huun scored nine points during a 13-4 run. The Saxons led by as many as 14 points during the fourth quarter.

Anthony Mathis scored 31 points and West Linn shot 55 percent to down the Rams in Thursday’s first game.

In a rematch of the 2013 6A state championship game, Mathis hit 9 of 12 shots and went 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Payton Pritchard added 21 points for the Lions.

Deante Strickland made three 3-pointers and scored 16 points for Central Catholic (17-10).

Jack Nadelhoffer scored 10 points and made eight free throws during the final 92 seconds to defeat South Medford. Nine players scored for the Crusaders, who made only 12 field goals.

Brayden Massey scored eight points to lead South Medford (20-7).

Jesuit, which won four consecutive 6A state titles from 2009-12, led throughout most of the game, building a lead as large as 27-16 early in the third quarter. From there it was a struggle for the Crusaders, as they scored only two field goals during the final 14 minutes.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Robertson with 3:12 remaining pulled South Medford to within 32-30, but Jesuit was able to close out the Panthers by hitting eight free throws during the final 1:32.



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