Posted On: 03/1/19 3:31 PM

Eight teams will punch their ticket to the state tournament tonight, as games are contested around the state to see who will advance to the 4A state quarterfinals which begin next week in Forest Grove.  We take a look at the key players, the match ups, & take a stab at predicting the winners of the games.

#1 Banks (23-3) vs #16 Newport (12-13)

Banks enters on the short list of contenders to win the 4A state title next week.  Their only losses are to #2 Seaside, twice, & 5A playoff team Pendleton with a short handed roster.  The Braves are lead by the duo of senior post Blake Gobel and junior wing Jacob Slifka.  The 6'8 Gobel, the Cowapa Co-MVP recently signed with Eastern Washington to play football, is a physical presence who can also step out and knock down shots.  Slifka a 6'4 wing is a knock down shooter who has improved his all around game this season.  Newport the 6th place team in the Oregon West Conference will have to find a way to score against a Banks team who 17 points or less in a game 3 times this season.

Prediction:  The Braves enter the playoffs on

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