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After hot start, Wildcats drop two of three games in Coeur d'Alene

by: GREG ARTMAN / FILE - Zach Reichle scored 21 points against Kentridge and added 20 points against Sandpoint during the Wilsonville boys basketball team's trip to Idaho for a tournament at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene.If it didn’t happen against Silverton, then it happened in Idaho. The Wilsonville boys basketball team got its reality check.

The Wildcats entered a Jan. 2-4 tournament at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene on the heels of their first loss of the season, which came in the finals of their home tournament, and they returned home from the Gem State with a few more reminders from some of the best teams they’ve seen so far.

Getting to the state tournament, let alone winning a trophy for the sixth year in a row, probably won’t be easy.

Wilsonville went 1-2 in its three games at the eight-team tournament, taking fourth place after losing 49-40 to Rathdrum-Lakeland (Idaho). That loss followed a 58-52 overtime loss to Washington state power Kent-Kentridge in the first round and a 52-30 win over Sandpoint (Idaho) in the consolation semifinals.

The Wildcats (6-3) averaged 48.7 points per game in Idaho. They averaged 70.6 per contest in their first five games.

The tournament was perhaps a sign of things to come for standout freshman Zach Reichle, who led the team in scoring in each of its three games. He averaged 18.3 points per game.

Wilsonville will conclude its preseason slate at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 8 with a home game against Estacada (2-6), its fourth and final Class 4A opponent this year.


Kentridge (WA) 58, Wilsonville 52: Wildcats fold in overtime

File it under Ones That Got Away.

Wilsonville held its own against one of the highest-ranked teams from Washington state, erasing a seven-point deficit in the second half to force overtime.

But the Wildcats failed to score in the extra period, losing 58-52 to undefeated Kentridge (Wash.) in their first tournament game Jan. 2.

It was the second loss in a row for Wilsonville, which started the season with five-straight wins before dropping a similarly close contest to Silverton in the finals of its home tournament Dec. 28.

It was also another blemish in a troubling trend for the Wildcats, who are 1-4 in their last five overtime games.

The latest extra-time setback spoiled a stellar performance by Reichle, who drained five three-pointers en route to scoring 21 points.

Senior wing Zach Malvar and sophomore Tyler Hieb each added nine points, while sophomore point guard Sam Bullock chipped in eight and sophomore forward Jack McNulty had five.

Missed shots and a glaring turnover doomed Wilsonville in overtime.

After a fadeaway in the paint by Deon Thomas gave Kentridge a two-point lead, Reichle found a moment of daylight with a screen but misfired from beyond the arc.

Then, after the Chargers (9-0) were whistled for a traveling violation, Jawan Stepney intercepted Bullock’s pass to Reichle and converted in transition to put the Wildcats in a four-point hole with about 30 seconds left.

Hieb’s ensuing three-pointer was off the mark, and Stepney sealed Wilsonville’s fate by sinking two free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining.

The one-sided extra period masked a back-and-forth game that featured 10 lead changes and six ties.

The Wildcats gave up plenty of size in the frontcourt, and they allowed a season high in points by an opponent, but they were competitive the entire way thanks to sound defensive rotations and efficient long-range shooting.

With Wilsonville facing its largest deficit at 44-37, Reichle nailed two three-pointers in the final 90 seconds of the third quarter and drilled another early in the fourth to give his team a 48-46 lead.

Reichle scored seven of the Wildcats’ nine points in the final period. He erased Wilsonville’s two-point deficit on two free throws with 2:54 left in regulation, and he converted two more shots at the line after being fouled on a fast break with 48 seconds left to tie the game at 52-52.

Hieb, guarded by Stepney, missed a potential game-winner in the closing moments of regulation.


Wilsonville 52, Sandpoint (ID) 30: Wildcats’ defense restrains Bulldogs

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.

Overcoming foul trouble and frigid long-range shooting, Wilsonville managed to defeat Sandpoint (Idaho) 52-30 in its second tournament game Jan. 3.

The Wildcats snapped their two-game losing streak, bouncing back from a loss to Silverton in the finals of their home tournament and a heartbreaking overtime setback at the hands of Kentridge a day earlier.

Reichle led Wilsonville for the second day in a row, outscoring Sandpoint 14-12 in the first half and finishing with 20 points before fouling out midway through the final period.

Bullock added 16 points, including 14 in the second half as the Wildcats extended their 23-12 halftime lead.

Wilsonville went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc in the first two quarters, but it recovered with several timely treys after the break.

Bullock drained his team’s first three-pointer of the game early in the third quarter for a 26-12 lead. Malvar made it 29-14 on another shot from distance.

Three-pointers by Bullock and Reichle early in the fourth quarter pushed the score to 38-23, and the Wildcats held onto their double-digit edge the rest of the way.

Wilsonville made up for its cold shooting to start the game with stingy defense. It gave up just two points in the first quarter, a transition basket by Jeremiah Gagnon, and never ceded more than 10 points to the Bulldogs (5-4) in a given quarter.


Lakeland (ID) 49, Wilsonville 40: Uncharacteristic errors doom Wildcats

It certainly wasn’t how Wilsonville wanted to wrap up its trip.

The Wildcats lost their slim lead in a disastrous second quarter and never completely recovered in one of their most lackluster performances of the season, losing 49-40 to Rathdrum-Lakeland (Idaho) in the consolation championship tilt Jan. 4.

Wilsonville was somehow still within striking distance in the closing minutes despite scoring just four points in the second quarter and committing numerous uncharacteristic turnovers.

Malvar pump-faked to lose his defender and scored his only two points on a jumper to bring the Wildcats within 42-37 with less than three minutes remaining in the game. But Hieb and Malvar both missed three-pointers down the stretch.

Lakeland point guard Tyrel Derrick, who finished with a game-high 20 points, sank five free throws in the final 70 seconds to quash Wilsonville’s comeback bid.

Reichle led the Wildcats in scoring for the third day in a row, finishing with 14 points.

Bullock added 12 points, including nine from beyond the arc, but Wilsonville missed 10 of its 13 shots from distance.

Hieb chipped in eight points but was unable to find an offensive rhythm. McNulty scored all four of his points early in the final quarter.

The Wildcats seemed to be out of sync as the Hawks outscored them 26-12 in the second and third quarters combined.

Reichle stepped out of bounds and was also called for traveling. Hieb was whistled for an offensive foul and for taking too many steps. Malvar was plagued by foul trouble.

And that was just the second quarter, when Wilsonville’s only points came on a basket by Hieb and two free throws by Reichle following a technical foul on Lakeland.

In the third, the Wildcats relinquished possession on an over-and-back violation. Bullock was penalized for traveling — twice. He also missed a pair of free throws.

But Bullock kept Wilsonville close with back-to-back three-pointers midway through the quarter, trimming a 10-point deficit to 26-22. The Hawks then responded with a 9-2 run.

The Wildcats lost their lead for good when Derrick’s two free throws put Lakeland ahead 13-12 early in the second quarter.



Kentridge (WA) 58, Wilsonville 52

Jan. 2 at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene

                        1          2          3          4          OT       F

Wilsonville      18        11        14        9          0  —  52

Kentridge        18        15        13        6          6  —  58

Wilsonville (52): Zach Reichle 21, Tyler Hieb 9, Zach Malvar 9, Sam Bullock 8, Jack McNulty 5.

Kentridge (58): Jawan Stepney 18, Keasean Kelly 10, Christoph Adams 8, Dany Torlai 6, Wainhouse 4, Deon Thomas 4, Nick Hopson 2, Hussayn Ford 2. Other: 4.



Wilsonville 52, Sandpoint (ID) 30

Jan. 3 at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene

                        1          2          3          4          F

Sandpoint        2          10        8          10 — 30

Wilsonville      9          14        9          20 — 52

Sandpoint (30): Jeremiah Gagnon 10, Matthew Burgstahler 4, Chase Rodriguez 3, Nathan Schwartz 3, Cooper Spalding 2, Edwards 2. Other: 6.

Wilsonville (52): Zach Reichle 20, Sam Bullock 16, Jack McNulty 6, Zach Malvar 5, Tyler Hieb 4, Wyatt Fennel 1.



Lakeland (ID) 49, Wilsonville 40

Jan. 4 at Lake City High School in Coeur d’Alene

1 2 3 4 F

Wilsonville 12 4 8 16 — 40

Lakeland 9 10 16 14 — 49

Wilsonville (40): Zach Reichle 14, Sam Bullock 12, Tyler Hieb 8, Jack McNulty 4, Zach Malvar 2.

Lakeland (49): Tyrel Derrick 20, Jake Ram 11, Derek Bayley 9, Hayden Nosworthy 4, Jacob Plunkett 2, Henry 2, Ray 1.



A look at Wilsonville’s last five overtime games:

March 11, 2011: Corvallis 59, Wilsonville 56 (playoffs)

Feb. 21, 2012: Milwaukie 68, WILSONVILLE 66

Dec. 8, 2012: Wilsonville 58, SIUSLAW 54

Dec. 29, 2012: Thurston 60, WILSONVILLE 58

Jan. 2, 2014: Kentridge (WA) 58, Wilsonville 52

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