Photos from the OSAA 6A and 5A High School Basketball Championships held at McArthur Court on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
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2007 OSAA Basketball Championships
During the second week of March the OSAA 6A and 5A Basketball Championships were held at McArthur Court on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene Oregon. As always, great basketball was played at all levels, not to be upstaged by the spirit of each schoolís fans. However, the showcase event was the 6A boys championship game featuring Kevin Love of Lake Oswego High School against Kyle Singler of South Medford High School. The two were the hottest college prospects of the 2007 recruiting class. Love chose UCLA, while Singler chose to travel east to play at Duke. Lake Oswego defeated South Medford 59-57 in the 2006 championship game, but the tables were turned this year as South beat Lake Oswego 58-54 in an emotional and highly spirited game.
 

North Eugene 38 - Roosevelt 28  Roosevelt High School senior guard Xavier Taylor takes to the court during team introductions for the OSAA 5A Basketball Championships final game against North Eugene High School. Roosevelt, the Portland Interscholastic League champion, made its first championship game appearance since 1949. Taylor and his fellow Roughriders took home the second place trophy as they fell to number one ranked North Eugene 38-28.  Photo © John Lariviere


North Eugene 38 - Roosevelt 28  Otho Lesure (20) of Roosevelt dishes off as he drives the lane against North Eugene's Brian Conklin during the OSAA 5A Basketball Championships.  Photo © John Lariviere


North Eugene 38 - Roosevelt 28  Brian Conklin (right) of North Eugene picks up one of his three blocked shots against Rooseveltís Otho Lesure (left) during the OSAA 5A championship game where North Eugene defeated Roosevelt 38-28 for their fourth state basketball title.  Photo © John Lariviere
 

North Eugene 38 - Roosevelt 28  Xavier Taylor (right) of Roosevelt lays up for two of his 9 points over North Eugene's Brian Conklin (left) during the third quarter of the OSAA 5A Basketball Championships.  Photo © John Lariviere

North Eugene 38 - Roosevelt 28  Xavier Taylor stares down the North Eugene defense as he prepares to set the Roosevelt offense into motion during the OSAA 5A Basketball Championships.  Photo © John Lariviere

North Eugene 38 - Roosevelt 28  Brian Conklin leaps into the arms of his teammate Kyle Cummins (31) as North Eugene erupts in celebration at the final buzzer to win the OSAA 5A Basketball Championship.  Photo © John Lariviere
 
North Eugene 38 - Roosevelt 28  North Eugene raises the OSAA 5A Championship trophy in celebration after defeating Roosevelt 38-28 to win the school's fourth state title.  Photo © John Lariviere

North Eugene 38 - Roosevelt 28  Isaiah Johnson of Roosevelt watches North Eugene players and fans celebrate at the opposite end of the court following North's 38-28 state championship victory over the Roughriders.  Photo © John Lariviere

South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kevin Love (left) of Lake Oswego backs-off Kyle Singler (right) of South Medford to position himself at the low post.  Photo © John Lariviere
 
South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kevin Love (right) of Lake Oswego pump-fakes Medford's Kyle Singler (left) during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships.  Photo © John Lariviere
OSAA Basketball Championships

South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kevin Love (left) of Lake Oswego brushes off the block attempt of Kyle Singler (right) of South Medford during the championship game of the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships. Love led all scorers with 39 points, six rebounds and one blocked shot as Singler scored 18 points with three rebounds and four assists.  Photo © John Lariviere

South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kevin Love of Lake Oswego (right) shoots over South Medford's Kyle Singler during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships.  Photo © John Lariviere


South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Ellio Babcock-Krenk (10) of Lake Oswego drives against the defense of South Medford's EJ Singler during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships.  Photo © John Lariviere
 

South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kevin Love (42) of Lake Oswego shoots a jump-hook over Kyle Singler (33) of South Medford during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships. The highly anticipated showdown between the two top college prospects played out to the thrill of a sold-out McArthur Court as South Medford edged out Lake Oswego 58-54 to claim the championship title that Lake Oswego won in 2006 by defeating South Medford 59-57.  Photo © John Lariviere
 
South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  South Medford's EJ Singler (left) and Jon Grimes (right) sandwich Lake Oswego's Kevin Love (center) during a battle for a rebound.  Photo © John Lariviere
 
South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Top ranked Oregon high school basketball stars Kyle Singler of South Medford (left) and Kevin Love of Lake Oswego (right) battled each other down to the wire during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships.  Photo © John Lariviere

South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kyle Lavender (left) of Lake Oswego looks to pass inside as South Medford's Dylan Andersen applies defensive pressure.  Photo © John Lariviere
 


South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kevin Love (right) of Lake Oswego shoots over the reach of South Medford's Kyle Singler during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships.  Utilizing his 6'-10" frame, combined with his dominating strength, Love took command of the inside game and lead all scorers with 39 points and 6 rebounds.  Photo © John Lariviere


South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kyle Singer thrusts his fist into the air and screams with delight as his brother EJ cries with pent up emotions while Kris Singler hugs her two sons after their team, South Medford High School, defeated Lake Oswego 58-54 to win the OSAA 6A Basketball Championship in McArthur Court on the campus of University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.  Photo © John Lariviere
OSAA Basketball Championships

Sheldon 59 - Jesuit 39  John Elorriaga of Jesuit puts up a jump shot during the OSAA 6A Championships third place game against Sheldon.  Elorriaga scored 8 points as his team fell to the Irish 59-39 resulting in a fifth place tournament finish.  Photo © John Lariviere


Sheldon 59 - Jesuit 39  John Elorriaga (left) of Jesuit looks to work the ball inside against Sheldon's Brad Gerbing during the third place game of the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships. Photo © John Lariviere


Sheldon 59 - Jesuit 39  Kevin McShane of Jesuit shoots a jump shot in the early going of the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships third place game.  Jesuit could not get their shooting game going against Sheldon's defense and were held to shooting only 38% from the field 0 for 2 from the line as a team.  Photo © John Lariviere
 
Sheldon 59 - Jesuit 39  Raphiel Lambert (left) beats Sheldon's Blake Poole (right) to the floor to gather up a loose ball at mid-court during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships third place game.  Photo © John Lariviere

Sheldon 59 - Jesuit 39  Blake Poole (center) of Sheldon High School used his size and strength to dominate the boards at both ends of the court as his team defeated Jesuit High School 59-39 to win the third place trophy during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships. Here, Poole clears space after winning a defensive rebound against Jesuitís Brad Gerbing (left) and Kevin McShane (right).  Photo © John Lariviere


Sheldon 59 - Jesuit 39  John Elorriaga (right) of Jesuit breaks for the basket against Sheldon's Brent McKee (left) during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships third place game at McArthur Court on the campus of the University of Oregon.  Photo © John Lariviere
 

Sheldon 59 - Jesuit 39  Mike Barclay (left) of Sheldon brushes off the fore-court pressure of Jesuit's Sam Kaempf (right).  Barclay scored 6 points, along with 3 assists to contribute to his team's 59-39 victory to claim the OSAA 6A third place trophy.  Photo © John Lariviere
 

Sheldon 59 - Jesuit 39  Michael Hart (center) of Jesuit gets hammered by Sheldon's Blake Poole (right) as he brings down an offensive rebound during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships third place game.  Hart's teammate Mike Remmers (behind) is unable to help as Hart crashed to the floor.  Photo © John Lariviere
 
South Medford 58 - Lake Oswego 54  Kevin Love (42) of Lake Oswego works the low post against South Medford's EJ Singler (behind) during the OSAA 6A Basketball Championships.  Love's team, 2006 state champions, battled to the final seconds but could not edge out South Medford to claim a second title.   Photo © John Lariviere
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