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Basketball

COOS BAY — No. 1 De La Salle North Catholic returns to the Class 3A state championship game for the third straight year after a 47-36 over No. 4 Blanchet Catholic.

Emmanuel Reiley scored 12 points for the winners and Kadeem Nelson and George Sadi each added 10. The Knights had 19 steals which lead directly to 18 points.

RJ Veliz led Blanchet Catholic with 14. The Cavaliers led for most of the first half and by as many as nine before De La Salle rallied to get within one at halftime. De La Salle used a 7-2 run to close out the third quarter and closed out the win with free throws in the fourth.

The Knights play the winner of No. 2 Dayton and No. 3 Santiam Christian at 9 p.m. Saturday for the title. Blanchet gets the loser in the third place game at 1:15 p.m.

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