Posted On: 01/15/20 3:03 PM

The Metro League promises to be a tight race this season and there was no better way to kick things off Tuesday night than Mountainside and Beaverton. Both teams were had rankings in the Top Ten and it promised to be a clash of styles - Mountainside with their up-tempo, three-shooting ways and Beaverton with their more deliberate pace and defensive-minded philosophy - and in the end it was the Beavers that won out in a slugfest, 47-45.

It was no doubt a tempo that Beaverton preferred and their zone defense dared Mountainside to shoot - which of course the Mavericks did, but didn't have much success only hitting 9-for-31 from three-point range and 17-for-47 overall. Offensively, Beaverton worked on pounding the ball inside to post Dane Erikstrup, who was no match for defenders in scoring 21 points. Despite their shooting woes, Mountainside stayed within striking distance with some late threes from Bennett Giebels (14 points) and Grayson Rowell (9 points) but Beaverton hung on for the win to improve to 11-2.

Here are the “10 Best” from the game.

MVP: Dane Erikstrup (2021 Beaverton)

Erikstrup was undoubtedly the focus of the game for both teams, as Beaverton looked to

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