Canby boys team fades late against Tualatin, loses 67-51
Canby—The Cougars fought a close battle, but it was the beginning and ending of the game where Canby's fate was decided. The home team experienced a tough first quarter that put them too far in the hole against Tualatin on Tuesday, Feb. 6. When the game came to a close, it was the Timberwolves with the win by a mark of 67-51.
"They dictated the tempo," Canby head coach Craig Evans said. "They were really disciplined, they had their game plan. They got us moving fast, they're athletic, they're long. Then they hit shots on top of it. Any time a team comes out that's that athletic and hits shots and dictates the tempo, we're going to be in trouble."
In the first quarter, Tualatin jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, but Canby answered in quick order. Senior Wade Brewer made the team's first five points, and junior Rizdin Miller drained a 3-pointer to give Canby it's first, and only, lead of the game at 8-6. Afterwards, it was Tualatin taking off to finish the quarter.
Tualatin went on a 14-point run, with senior Alexis Angeles scoring seven points. Angeles was a major threat throughout the game, scoring 26 points on the outside, free throw, and inside.
"I felt really good out there," Angeles said. "I think my first shot was a layup that went in. To get a layup as your first point, that always kind of gets you going. After that I think I got some pullups and everything. I felt really good, my shot felt good, and I had a lot energy out there. Not just on the offensive end, but on the defensive end too."
Canby senior Jacob Huggins stopped that streak at the end of the quarter, but when the horn blew it was Tualatin up 20-10.
In the second quarter, Tualatin started off with two 3-point baskets courtesy of junior Caden Dickson, but it was Canby who came on strong to close out the first half.
The Cougars outscored the Timberwolves 18-15 in the second quarter, in large part due to the efforts of freshman Diego Arredondo. Arredondo hit four baskets for nine points in the second eight minutes, and was Canby's leading scorer on the night. Canby covered ground, and by the time the half ended it was 35-28 for the Timberwolves.
Evans had good things to say about Arredondo's performance on the night, and over the season in general.
"He's a sixth man as a freshman," Evans said. "Anytime a freshman is getting that much playing time, there's a reason: he's good. He's going to be a leader. He's very good at coming off the bench right now knowing his role, and when we need him to score, he scores. When we need him to play defense and be a threat, he plays that too."
Coming out of halftime, Canby started off strong. Seniors Skyler Castleman and Brewer scored the team's first eight points, and at one point the Cougars had closed the gap to just five points when the scoreboard read 37-42. It was at that point Tualatin turned the tides, and went on a 16-2 run throughout the end of the third quarter and beginning of the final stanza. At the end of the third quarter, it was 53-39.
In the fourth quarter, Canby's Diego Arredondo hit three of the team's five baskets including a buzzer beater, but it was too little too late. The game ended with Canby down 67-51.