DELTA COLLEGE – It started with the Jack Pine Conference title, their first since 2007. Then came the district and regional titles after a hiatus of more than 10 years. Last week it came down to the final eight for best in the state. The varsity Beaverton hoop squad ran from the locker room onto the Delta College gym floor last Wednesday to resounding cheers coming from the south end of the bleachers, on both sides. On the east side the student “Bleacher Creatures” jumped and yelled until at one point in the game they were asked to tone it down. On the west parents and other fans strained to match the student cheers as they held up the letters B H S. At the other end of the gym, the Laingsburg Wolfpack raised similar cheers as their team bounded onto the hardwood. The Beavers struggled from the tipoff, closing the first quarter with a 9-0 deficit. About two minutes into the second they closed to within three points, but the Laingsburg team again widened the gap to 26-16 at the half. Some of the Beaverton parents and fans provided halftime entertainment as they performed a line dance in costume. As the game resumed the Beaversbegan to make their move, cutting a 10-point deficit to eight points midway through the third quarter. The Wolfpack lead was reduced by half, 28-24, by the end of the period. The Beaverton cheering sections went wild about a minute and a half into the fourth quarter when Erik Maxwell hit a 3-pointer to knot the game at 30. A half minute later Laingsburg tallied two free throw points to take back the lead. The Wolfpack then hit for another seven points before going up 38-30 with 50 seconds remaining. Maxwell closed Beaverton’s scoring with two free throw points. Seconds later the Wolfpack scored 24 seconds ahead of the final buzzer to take the 42-32 win advancing their team to the final four. Maxwell earned nine points in the game, while Travis Shields hit for eight and snagged 10 rebounds. Austin Schneider put in six points, Spencer Johnston four, Casey Blades two, and Anthony Brubaker hit a single 3-pointer. “It was a great season,” Beaverton coach Roy Johnston commented. “Very thankful for all the fan support, especially the Bleacher Creature student section.” The Beavers end the season with a 23-2 record.
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