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Wolves can't get past Oregon City

The young Tualatin team's rally falls short in setback

TUALATIN — The effort sure seemed to be there.

So was the enthusiasm.

But those things couldn’t make up for the inexperience — or for a talented Oregon City squad.

The youthful Tualatin High School boys basketball team, despite a determined effort, fell 79-68 to the Pioneers in a non-league game played Friday at Tualatin.

“We’re still trying to get a feel for the team,” said Tualatin junior Jacob Bennett, who had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the contest. “The chemistry isn’t there yet, but we’ll get there. We had some good moments out there.”

“We have a lot of inexperience,” Tualatin coach Rick Osborn said. “We’re still trying to figure a lot of things out.”

Friday’s contest marked the first game of the season for Oregon City. Tualatin moved to 0-2 on the season with the setback.

“We’re hoping to get experience in preseason,” said Timberwolf sophomore Luke Osborn, who led all scorers in Friday’s game with 26 points. “And then make a run in league.”by: DAN BROOD - TOP SCORER -- Tualatin High School sophomore Luke Osborn was the top scorer in Friday's game against Oregon City with 26 points. The Wolves lost 79-68.

The Wolves got off to a fast start to Friday’s game. A follow-up basket by sophomore guard Nathan Senger and a pair of free throws by Luke Osborn, following a steal, gave the home team a 4-0 lead just 35 seconds into the contest.

But Oregon City answered with an 8-0 run, which included six straight free throws by sophomore Briggs Young.

Tualatin, getting a bank shot by Osborn and a basket on a drive to the hoop by junior Alexander Reid to tie the game at 8-8 with 4:10 remaining in the opening period, but the Pioneers would go on to claim a 19-15 lead at the end of the quarter.

Oregon City would up the margin to 29-21 early in the second quarter. Bennett sank a three-pointer to trim the lead to 29-24 with 5:24 left in the half. But the Pioneers would score the game’s next six points to take a 35-24 lead with 3:26 remaining in the period.

Tualatin got a basket by Osborn, a layup by senior Brandon Shroyer off an assist from Senger, who then had a last-second follow-up hoop his own to make the score 41-31 at halftime.

The Wolves came out strong to start the third quarter. Baskets by Osborn, Bennett and sophomore Danté Reid, and a three-pointer by Alexander Reid cut the lead to 45-40 with 4:16 left in the period.

But the Pioneers, getting six points from junior Austin DeWitz, closed the quarter with a 59-48 advantage.

Oregon City then got a three-pointer from junior Hunter Knighton and a basket by Trevon Bradford early in the fourth quarter, giving the Pioneers their biggest lead of the game, at 64-49.

But the Timberwolves kept fighting. Bennett drilled a three-pointer, Osborn had back-to-back baskets and Shroyer went 2 for 2 from the foul line to trim the margin to 68-58 with 2:55 remaining.

The Wolves got a bit closer, at 70-61, following Bennett’s second three-pointer of the quarter, coming with 2:07 left to play.

Tualatin got a steal and layup by Alexander Reid, another three-pointer by Bennett and a turnaround jumper by Osborn down the stretch, but Oregon City was able to fight off the Timberwolves’ rally attempt and close out its 79-68 victory.

“We didn’t compete well in the first half,” Luke Osborn said. “But we did some good things. We were able to get the ball inside, kick it back out and hit some shots.”

“We just have so much inexperience,” Rick Osborn said. “But there were some moments. We had some kids who competed hard.”

Luke Osborn scored his 26 points on an 11-for-22 shooting night from the field. He also had four steals in the contest.

Bennett sank four three-pointers on his way to scoring 14 points. He also had two blocked shots and two steals to go with his 14 rebounds.

Danté Reid had 11 points and Alexander added seven points for the Wolves.

Tualatin, as a team, made 28 of 76 shots from the field. The Wolves had 16 turnovers in the contest, compared to 28 for Oregon City.

Young led the Pioneers with 20 points. Knighton added 16 points and DeWitz scored 14.

Tualatin opened its season Dec. 4 with an 84-76 loss at McKay.

Senior guard Joey Fishback led the Wolves with 16 points in that contest. Luke Osborn scored 15 points and Danté Reid had 13. Tualatin senior Taylor Boos sank three three-point baskets on his way to scoring 11 points.

On Tuesday, Tualatin fell 105-72 to defending Class 6A state champion West Linn in a non-league game played at West Linn High School. Danté Reid had 21 points in that game and junior Steven Shockloss added 12.

Tualatin will be back in action Friday when it plays Southridge in a non-league game starting at 7:15 p.m. at Southridge High. On Tuesday, the Wolves will be home to face Milwaukie in a non-league contest starting at 6:45 p.m.

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