Posted On: 02/28/19 1:28 PM

The class 3A state tournament kicks off Thursday afternoon with quarterfinal play and we've got you covered with key match ups, players to watch, & predictions.

Delasalle (22-4) vs Sutherlin (21-5)

The Knights, the defending state champions enter the quarterfinals on a roll after a convincing blow out win over Brookings.  The Bulldogs make the state tournament in their first year at class 3A and had a somewhat easy victory over a physical Umatilla team in the round of 16.  Delasalle features a relentless pressure defensive system that regularly rotates up to ten players.  Leading the way is senior wing Kadeem Nelson, a 6'3 sharp shooter who was MVP of the Lewis & Clark League.  Sutherlin is lead by junior wing Mason Gill, a versatile athlete who impacts the game in a variety of ways.

Prediction:  Sutherlin is well coached & thriving in the OSAA class realignment, but hasn't faced anyone with the depth or quickness that Delasalle will present.  We expect the Knights to pull away in the second half for a comfortable double digit victory.

 

Nyssa (18-8) vs Pleasant Hill (21-5)

Nyssa advances to the final 8 after holding on a late Rainier rally to take on the

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