Sherwood rebounds from loss with win over Milwaukie

by: DAN BROOD - BREAKAWAY -- Sherwood junior guard Evan Kitto (left) goes up to the basket during the Bowmen's win over Milwaukie on Tuesday.SHERWOOD — Coming off a disheartening two-point loss to Sandy on Friday, the Sherwood High School boys basketball team took the court Tuesday with a purpose.

The Bowmen wanted to turn in a strong performance and they also wanted a bounce-back victory.

Done and done.

Sherwood, following Friday’s setback, wasted little time getting back on the winning track as it ran to 56-40 win over Milwaukie in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played at Sherwood High School.

“This was very important to us,” said Sherwood junior point guard Evan Kitto, who scored a game-high 19 points in the win. “We talked about the Sandy game, and we needed a good bounce-back game. This was a good confidence booster.”

“We really wanted to bounce back strong,” Sherwood senior Cortland Hutchison said. “We put in a lot of effort getting ready for this one. We wanted to come back strong.”

With the loss, Milwaukie fell to 2-3 in NWOC play and to 3-11 on the season. Sherwood improved to 4-1 in NWOC games (11-3 overall), keeping the Bowmen tied with Sandy for second place in the conference standings, one game away from pace-setting Wilsonville.

“It was good to get this one,” Sherwood coach Tony Merrill said. “We were disappointed after the Sandy game (a 42-40 loss), and give Sandy credit, they outplayed us, but was good to see our kids take that to heart.”by: DAN BROOD - FLYING -- Sherwood High School junior Ben Milligan (right) goes up to the basket over Milwaukie's Vasilly Voznyuk in Tuesday's game.

That sure seemed to be the case for the Bowmen early on in Tuesday’s game, as they got off to a flying start to the contest.

Kitto ignited a 14-2 Sherwood run with a three-pointer from the left side. The junior guard played a key role in the run, scoring seven more points straight points in a span of 41 seconds, helping Sherwood open up a 16-5 lead late in the first quarter.

Milwaukie got a follow-up basket by senior Tyler Spencer to start the second quarter, but the Bowmen took off again.

Sherwood answered Spencer’s hoop with a 13-0 run, which included a steal and layup by junior Ben Milligan, a three-point play by senior Lucas Johnson, a three-point bomb by Kitto and a layup by Hutchison.

Senior guard Alex Castaneda capped off the scoring spree with a three-pointer from the top of the circle, giving Sherwood a 29-9 lead with 4 minutes and 25 seconds left in the half.

The Bowmen, getting another hoop from Johnson and a pair of free throws from Castaneda, went on to claim a 33-14 halftime advantage.

Sherwood, which seemed to capitalize on the transition game during the first half, continued to do so early in the third quarter.

Kitto opened scoring in the period with a layup following a steal by Hutchison in the backcourt.

Hutchison quickly came up with another steal and he drove to the basket for a layup that pushed the lead to 37-14 with 7:12 left in the period.

“We tried to pressure the ball and get some offense out of the transition,” Hutchison said.

Another Hutchison layup and a driving bank shot by Milligan gave Sherwood its biggest lead of the game, at 41-14, with 6:07 remaining in the third quarter.

The Bowmen went through a cold spell later in the period, but still took a 43-22 lead into the fourth quarter.

Sherwood senior post Jordan Kurahara scored six points in the fourth quarter, Kitto added four points and Castaneda sank another three-pointer as the Bowmen closed out the 56-40 victory.

“We knew that playing good defense would be a big factor,” Kitto said. “And we knew that defense would lead to good offense.”

Kitto scored his game-high 19 points on a 7-for-12 shooting night from the field. Kurahara added 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Castaneda scored eight points and Hutchison had three steals and three assists to go with eight points.

Johnson scored seven points and Milligan had four points and four steals.

Sherwood, as a team, made 22 of 41 shots from the field while having just 12 turnovers.

Spencer led Milwaukie with 14 points.

In the loss to Sandy, Kitto scored 16 points to pace the Bowmen. Kurahara added 10 points.

The Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they face rival Wilsonville in a key NWOC game starting at 7:15 p.m. at Wilsonville High School.

“That’s always a good game,” Hutchison said. “We’ll try to leave it all out on the floor, and, hopefully, it will turn out our way.”

“We need to come out and play our game,” Kitto said. “Play good defense, rebound and, hopefully, hit some shots.”

On Tuesday, Sherwood will be home to play Rex Putnam in a 7:15 p.m. conference game.

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