Demetrius Crosby scored the game-winning layup with 1.5 seconds remaining on an outlet pass from Roberto Gittens to lift the Foss boys basketball team to a 60-57 victory over Jesuit or Portland on Sunday in the first round of the Les Schwab Invitational at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Crosby’s three-point play came after Gittens secured a rebound on the other end and heaved it upcourt to Crosby, who was fouled as he sank the shot in the final seconds to put Foss ahead.
Gittens scored a game-high 22 points with 11 rebounds and four assists for the Falcons.
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They advance to face Oak Hill Academy – the No. 5-ranked team in the nation according to MaxPreps – of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, in the second round of the tournament at 8:30 p.m. Monday.
It was a big win for Foss on Sunday, especially considering Jesuit last year reached the 6A Oregon state title game before losing to West Linn, which will play at Wilson on Jan. 18.
Crosby finished with 11 points. Foss outscored Jesuit 15-8 in the fourth quarter and was coming off a double-overtime loss to rival Lincoln on Dec. 18.
Foss is one of two teams from Washington playing in the Les Schwab Invitational alongside Garfield, MaxPreps’ No. 3-ranked team in the nation. It beat David Douglas in the first round, 105-59, with Jaylen Nowell scoring 21 points and Alphonso Anderson recording 20 points and nine rebounds. UW commit Daejon Davis had 14 points and 18 rebounds. Garfield plays Central Catholic at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the second round.
F: Le'zjon Bonds 9, Demetrius Crosby 11, Daeshawn Wayne 3, Tre Sterling 9, Roberto Gittens 22, Antonney Henry 4, Donald Scott 2.
J: Malcom Porter 14, Chuka Mekkam 11, Cameron Parker 5, Alex Dalebroux 11, Matt Hickman 12, Matt Kollas 2, Matt Lang