Jefferson three-peats with win over Mountain View

Jefferson three-peats with win over Mountain View

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 14 at 11:12 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Terrence Jones knew he couldn't do it alone.
   With his back hurting, Jones didn't mind playing decoy for much of the game and letting teammate Stephen Madison be Jefferson's leading scorer.
   Madison finished with 20 points and nine rebounds and Jones added 18 points and nine rebounds as No. 1 Jefferson beat No. 3 Mountain View 57-48 on Saturday in the OSAA Class 5A boys title game at McArthur Court.
   "I know I bring a lot of attention," said Jones, the state's top rated high school basketball recruit. "I'd rather win than score points any day."
   Jefferson (26-3) became the first boys team currently in Class 5A or 6A to win three state championships in a row. The Democrats, playing in their 10th title game, won their sixth championship.
   "The class I came in with, we all made that our goal, we wanted to win three," Jones said. "There's no way we wanted to end the season differently."
   Mountain View (26-2) took a 41-39 lead on Isaiah Mitchell's 3-pointer with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter. But Madison responded with five consecutive points to start a 13-2 Democrats run that made it 52-43 with 1:28 left.
   Madison, who played at Prairie High School in Vancouver, Wash., last season, scored 13 points in the second half.
   "I just put my head down and drove to the hoop, tried to give us a spark," Madison said. "This is spectacular. It feels so good."
   Sophomore James Reid scored 11 points to lead Mountain View, which was playing in its first title game. The Cougars also received 10 points each from seniors Mark Claar and Ryan Fisher, who had a team-high seven rebounds.
   Mountain View led 6-4 after the first quarter, 23-22 after the second quarter and 38-36 after the third quarter.
   "We had them on the ropes," Cougars coach Craig Reid said. "We just got tired. We played eight kids for three days straight."
   Jefferson struggled to find an offensive rhythm against Mountain View's zone defense. The Democrats made 2 of 15
3-pointers in the first half and ended the game shooting 39.2 percent from the field (20 of 51).
   "They caught us on a bad outside shooting night," Jefferson coach Pat Strickland said. "I tip my hat to Mountain View because they put up a great fight. They had us slumping until our seniors stepped up."
   Jones, who had 11 points in the first half, didn't score until the second half until his three-point play with 2:26 remaining in the game.
   Jones, a 6-foot-9 senior, became the sixth player in Oregon history to score over 800 points in a season. He finished with 810 points.
   Jones is being recruited by UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Kentucky and Oklahoma. UCLA coach Ben Howland sat in the second row during Saturday's game.

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