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Adams for- City
As the regular season started the Techmen became the
team to beat. After cruising through their first two season
games, the Techmen suffered a disastrous upset on their
home court. The Washington Colonials, cashing in a
tremendous team effort, overturned Tech 78 to 76.
Tech then turned it's rage on Roosevelt and Wilson,
outscoring them by 82 points.
Then Tech traveled to Jefferson to meet "Old King"
lRonniel Cole and his court. With Richard Washington sick
with the flu. the Techmen found themselves on the short side
of a 38 to 20 score at the half. The third started much the
same as the Demos scored six quick points to take a 24 point
lead. The rest is history as the "other guys" stood up to be
counted. Hoisington, Lee, lVlcCall, and Johnson hit for 22 of 26
points to overhaul the Democrats by two. The Demos tied it up
to force the game into overtime. The first overtime ended in a
tie. In the second overtime, Tech's Hoisington and Mayes hit
for three free throws to ice the game, 66-63. f'
The Techmen suffered only one more close game and that
was against Adams. Tech landed on the upper half of a 83 to
71 score. In their second matchup against the Colonials, Tech
smashed up all dreams of the West Division title going to
Washington by crushing them 88 to 49.
Tech then went to Madison to battle Adams for the city title.
The game was close for about two and a half minutes. From
there on the battle was no more. It was a special night as Tech
captured it's first City title since 1934.
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The state's best teams came to Portland to play in the
A.A.A. high school basketball tournament and the best team
obliterated all it's opposition and pocketed the championship.
The Techmen crushed Grants Pass 74 to 35, ran over Sunset
59 to 48, belted West Linn 54 to 35 and then cleaned out no.
2 ranked Roseburg 60 to 45.
The championship game ended the season for Benson with
a 26 win, 1 loss record, it also ended the Washington-Lee-
For the record, Richard Washington and Ricky Lee were
unanimous picks for the All-Tourney first team. During this era
the Techmen collected 77 wins, 6 losses, won the P.l.L. West
Division title twice and took second once. They placed first in
the city once, and second twice and won the state
championship twice and placed fourth once. The team as a
whole amassed a total of 6331 points during the seasons of
1971-72-73 for a 76.3 average per game.
FAR LEFT: Rip City! George Mayes burns a one-on-two move for two more
points against Grants Pass during the State Tourney at the Coliseum. LOWER
LEFT: Michael Thomas, Pete Foley, Michael Howard, Mark Overton, George
Mayes, Mark Hoisington, Richard Washington, Jerry Gibbs, Ricky Lee, Dave
Labrousse, Rodney Johnson, Rick Ravio, Mac McCall. UPPER LEFT: He
dribbles like a guard! Drives like a forward! ls it superman? No its super-center
Richard Washington putting the drive on some poor Caveman during the
opening round of the A.A.A. State Tournament on the home court of the
Portland Trailblazers. LEFT: Coach Dick Gray watches the West Linn team fall
all over the court then chokes on the referees call during the semi-final game in
VARSITY BASKETBALL SCORE BOARD
1st Place State
1st Place City
1st Place West Division
Benson 69 Parkrose
Benson 62 Fort Vancouver
Benson 79 David Douglas
Reynolds Invitational Jamboree lat Reynoldsl
Benson 25 Grant
Benson 22 Reynolds
Benson 76 Lincoln
Benson 74 Jackson
Benson 76 IOTI ILI Washington
Benson 71 Roosevelt
Benson 73 Wilson
Benson 66121 l0Tl Jefferson
Benson 90 Marshall
Benson 80 Cleveland
Benson 71 Grant
Benson 88 Franklin
Benson 83 Adams
Benson 77 Madison
Benson 80 Lincoln
Benson 80 Washington
Benson 119 Jackson
Benson 78 Wilson
Benson 64 Jefferson
Benson 110 Roosevelt
Benson 100 Adams
Benson 74 Grants Pass
Benson 59 Sunset
Benson 54 West Linn
Benson 60 Roseburg
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