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Democrats dial up long-distance win.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

In two days, Jefferson has two wins with two different styles.

All that's left is one more win for a historic three-peat.

The top-ranked Democrats showed off their range by draining nine three-pointers in an 83-57 win over No. 4 Silverton Friday night in an OSAA Class 5A boys basketball semifinal at McArthur Court. Jefferson will face Mountain View in the finals tonight at 8:30 as the Democrats seek a third straight title that would make them the first team to accomplish that feat above the 2A level.

"I'm glad we got this one out of the way and it will be a big one tomorrow," said senior guard Antoine Hosley, who was 5-for-8 from three-point range en route to 21 points. "We can make history so it will be pretty emotional, but we are going to play hard and smart so we can get another ring."

With Silverton's zone designed to slow the Demos' post players, Jefferson made 9-of-21 three-pointers to pull away from the Foxes.

"Yesterday we were 1-for-13 on threes, but today we found our niche from outside, which helped us out," Jefferson coach Pat Strickland said.

B.J. Jones got Jefferson started with a pair of deep three-pointers in the opening four minutes, but the score was tied 17-17 late in the first quarter.

Terrence Jones went inside for a basket at the end of the first quarter to start a 14-2 run capped by Hosley's three-pointer that put the Democrats ahead 31-19. Hosley drained three straight three-pointers midway through the third quarter to put Jefferson ahead 46-33 and Silverton got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Jones, the 6-foot-9 McDonald's All-American, led Jefferson with 23 points.

Jason Martin scored 15 points to pace Silverton.

Friday's Consolation

Summit 70, Glencoe 63: Mitchell Wettig scored 17 points to lead the Storm past the Crimson Tide and into the consolation final today at 10:45 a.m. Cody Absalon and Brandon Norby scored 14 points apiece for Summit.

Wilsonville 55, Pendleton 47: Seth Gearhart had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wildcats past the Buckaroos in a consolation game to advance to face Summit.
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Title Annotation:Basketball Prep Boys
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 13, 2010
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