Wildcats cede four shot attempts in opening frame of rout

by: GREG ARTMAN / FILE - Sam Bullock scored 14 points Dec. 13 as the Wilsonville boys basketball team cruised to a lopsided victory against Scappoose.On the hardwood, defense usually amounts to limiting and containing.

In the first quarter of its home game Dec. 13, the Wilsonville boys basketball team offered a brand of defense that was more like complete denial.

The Wildcats allowed only four shot attempts in the opening eight minutes, scored the first 15 points of the game and surrendered just three points in the opening frame en route to a 70-42 rout of Scappoose.

It was another breezy win over a Class 4A team for Wilsonville (2-0), which cruised to a 66-44 win over Yamhill-Carlton in its season opener six days earlier.

But the Wildcats’ defensive effort against Scappoose (0-3), particularly in the first quarter, drew praise from coach Chris Roche.

“That’s pretty impressive,” he said. “Being hungry and playing with energy and enthusiasm are great things. But to hold a team to four shots — that means you also are doing some fundamental things pretty well and probably playing as a defensive unit that is tied together pretty good. We wanted to be more urgent and more relentless, and (against Scappoose) we looked a little bit better in that respect.”

Wilsonville did just fine at the offensive end as well, hitting the 70-point mark for the first time since tallying 78 in back-to-back league games against Liberty and Parkrose last season.

Sophomore wing Tyler Hieb led the team in scoring with a career-high 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting, while fellow sophomore Sam Bullock scored 14 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting night.

“Ty played a great game, and Sam was so efficient,” Roche said. “We have any number of guys who can lead us in scoring on any given night, and (against Scappoose) Ty was the guy. He is so improved — he can score inside and out, and he is a really tough match-up for other teams. He kind of showed all of that. Sam has had a great preseason. He’s a really good player who makes our team better in important ways.”

The Wildcats’ fast start was fueled by an impressive shooting performance. Scappoose began the game in a 2-3 half-court zone defense, but Wilsonville built up an early 9-0 edge after successful three-point shots on three possessions in a row.

“We looked pretty comfortable against that,” Roche said. “Obviously, when you make shots everything looks better. At the same time, I think our guys are attacking zones with a sense of purpose, and we sort of welcome the challenge of cracking whatever the defense might throw our way.”

WHS shot 59-percent from the field and 54-percent from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, the Wildcats neutralized a size advantage for Scappoose, whose lineup included forwards Ethan Marcantonio (6 feet 8 inches) and Chase Johnson (6-5). Thanks in part to the efforts of Hieb, sophomore post Jack McNulty and senior swingman Tyler Martin, Wilsonville earned a 29-19 edge in rebounding.

Senior wing Zach Malvar added nine points and a solid defensive effort before fouling out.

Wilsonville will continue its preseason slate at 3 p.m. Dec. 21 with a home game against Siuslaw. It will then host a three-day tournament beginning Dec. 26.

Roche said he was encouraged by the Wildcats’ outing against Scappoose, but it seems his team’s “Still needs work” file is plenty full.

“We did some things well in this game, but we have so many areas to improve,” Roche said. “We are an inconsistent practice team, we are not tough enough on every possession on the glass, our conditioning looks suspect at times, we are not screening and cutting super well, we are sporadic at best at the free-throw line and we need leaders to emerge in ways that demand excellence and improvement every play — not just once in a while or when things are going well. That’s the short, tip-of-the-iceberg version of areas where we want to improve.

“But make no mistake: (This) was a good, positive step in the right direction. We played hard and we were ready from the jump. Now, we’ll see how much we want to improve, I guess.”




Dec. 13 at Wilsonville High School

                        1          2          3          4          F

Scappoose       3          12        15        12 — 42

Wilsonville      21        12        24        13 — 70

Scappoose (42) — Chase Johnson 9, Wendelschafer 9, McNabb 8, Davis 7, Ford 6, O’Brien 3, Scruggs, Margheim, Backus, Faxio, Loss, Marcantonio. FG: 14/36, 3FG: 3/7; FT: 11/21.

Wilsonville (70) — Tyler Hieb 27, Bullock 14, Malvar 9, Reichle 7, Martin 6, McNulty 4, Christensen 2, Steiger 1, Ogles, Walter, McClellan, Jordan, Fennell. FG: 26/44, 3FG: 6/11; FT: 12/25.

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