Posted On: 02/28/19 2:22 PM

The 2A Elite 8 tips off Thursday in Pendleton with Columbia Christian looking to repeat against a field featuring seven 20 win teams. Prep Hoops Oregon has you covered with the key match ups, players to watch, & predictions at who will move on to Friday's semifinal round.

Kennedy (20-7) vs Columbia Christian (26-2)

The Trojans make a return trip to eastern Oregon after making a similar drive to defeat Heppner on Friday night.  Columbia Christian rolled to an easy victory over Union as they made the case that they are clearly the team to beat.  If Kennedy is to have a chance against the defending champs, 6'6 forward Rocco Carley is going to have to carry a heavy load.  The physical post also has the ability to step away from the basket & will likely have to do that against the talented front line from Columbia.  The Knights feature one of the best players in the country in 2021 forward Ben Gregg.  Backing him up is senior guard Dominic Blake and athletic wing Elijah Munyan a bouncy 6'3 wing.

Prediction:  The Knights appear to have too much talent for Kennedy to handle.  Look for the Trojans to slow the pace

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