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Benson Techsters 'chemistry' leads to wins on court

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- For the past 2 years, the Benson Polytechnic High School girls basketball team has consistently gotten better. Now, more than halfway through league play this season, they sit on top of the PIL.

While that may be a surprise for some people, it's no surprise to the Techsters.

Now in his 5th season leading the team, Eric Knox sees real progress. In his first season, the Techsters won only 4 games. Now, with 6 games left in the regular season, they're sitting at 13-6.

"You know, good food takes awhile to cook and we've been cooking for a long time and now we're tasting that food and it's been great," Knox told KOIN 6 News. 'So the reason that we've been successful is we've been doing a few things extremely well."

The team is led by a strong class of juniors, like Ciera Ellington and Makenzy Porter, who have been playing together since middle school.

"I think we're a lot more focused, a lot more mature," Ellington said. "Our team is like a family. It's really close knit, so I think that our chemistry, our bond, helps us, like, on the court. We hang out all the time off the court. Yeah, it's our chemistry."

"We make each other really, really good," Porter said. "I feel like the way we compete in practice just makes the games easier. The way we go hard at each other, we can throw a couple elbows, a couple punches, like, yell at each other, but at the end of the day, like, when we step out of practice we're all friends. We're all still one big happy family."

Knox said that chemistry makes the team in sync with each other. "They have mental telepathy now," he said.

In the Techsters minds, there's only one acceptable way for this season to end.

"At the end of the day we want to win a state championship. Anything less than that for us will be a disappointment," Knox said. We aren't afraid to put that kind of pressure on ourselves."


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