Canby falls to Newberg in thriller
CANBY—In a battle of big cat mascots, the Cougars were left to lick their wounds. Newberg defeated the home team 48-43 after 32 minutes of action.
At the end of the first quarter, it was a clear advantage for Canby. Newberg had been held to just four points in the first eight minutes, while the Cougars had hit double digits with 10 points. The end of the quarter saw Canby senior Skyler Castleman put away a handful of baskets to increase the divide. However, the Tigers would seize the momentum heading into the second quarter.
Right out of the gate, Newberg picked up three turnovers and a pair of buckets courtesy of junior Alex Jaczko and senior Ben O'loughlin to close the gap to just two points. Canby's Wade Brewer put away a pair of free throws, but from there Newberg took it over. Baskets from O'loughlin and junior Kyle Kruse put Canby in the Tigers rearview, and it appeared to be all Newberg as the half expired.
However, Canby sophomore Ronan Gay hit a three point basket right as time in the half expired. The competition was not over, and it was 14-19 for Canby heading into the half.
Early on in the third quarter, Canby's Brewer went on a tear. The Cougar's senior hit five baskets in a row for Canby, including a phenomenal sequence where he tipped the ball away from Newberg's offense to Castleman's waiting hands. Castleman then tossed the ball down-court to Brewer mid-sprint who made the easy layup. That briefly gave Canby a 26-25 lead.
Brewer had 12 points in the second half, and 17 points overall. Castleman finished the game with 11 points.
Newberg answered back shortly thereafter, scoring five straight baskets of its own. Sophmore Jack Chlumak and Jaczko downed those baskets and put Newberg up by six. The teams traded buckets, but the Tigers were getting the better of it and led the Cougars 38-31. As time expired in the third stanza, Canby's Ronan Gay sunk another basket at the buzzer. A fist pump signified that the Cougars were still in the game.
Canby started the fourth quarter strong with junior Rizdin Miller and Castleman putting five points on the board, giving Canby yet another brief lead, 39-38.
Newberg responded again. Chlumak and Jaczko hit three consecutive baskets, and despite Canby resistance towards the end of the quarter, Newberg closed the show in the lead, 43-48.
Canby (4-10 overall, 0-4 in Three Rivers League play) next plays Lake Oswego (9-4 overall, 3-1 in Three Rivers League Play) at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Newberg (7-7 overall, 1-3 in TRL play) is set to compete at home against Sherwood (9-5 overall, 2-2 in TRL play).