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Wildcats own first place with wins over Liberty, St. Helens

by: GREG ARTMAN - Sophomore point guard Sam Bullock scored 15 points to lead the Wilsonville boys basketball team in a league win over St. Helens on the road Jan. 24. Above, Bullock dribbles against Liberty.It was another wild week in the Northwest Oregon Conference, but the Wilsonville boys basketball team managed to emerge unscathed.

The sixth-ranked Wildcats remained unbeaten in league play, edging Liberty 70-64 in overtime at home before holding off St. Helens in a 50-37 victory on the road.

Those two triumphs followed road wins over Milwaukie and Sandy to start the regular season.

With Sherwood’s loss to Sandy on Jan. 24, Wilsonville (11-3, 4-0 in the NWOC) claimed sole ownership of first place in the conference standings.

Tyler Hieb has been an offensive force for coach Chris Roche’s program, scoring 60 points combined in the three games against Sandy, Liberty and St. Helens.

The Wildcats were slated to continue their league slate on the road against Putnam at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 28. They will host the Bowmen (10-3, 3-1) in a pivotal league matchup at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 31.

Wilsonville 55, Sandy 45: Second-half free throws lift Wildcats

Wilsonville snapped Sandy’s nine-game winning streak with a 55-45 road win Jan. 17 that featured several unusual statistics.

With the game tied at 27-27 at halftime, the Wildcats pulled ahead by scoring 24 of their 28 second-half points at the foul line. They attempted 27 free throws in the fourth quarter alone and didn’t score from the field in the final eight minutes.

Sandy attempted 15 free throws in the entire game, including just six in the second half.

Tyler Hieb led Wilsonville with 24 points, going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc in the second quarter to cut into Sandy’s early 15-5 lead.

The Pioneers (12-2, 3-1) were led by Canyon Dwyre (13 points) and Timmy Grozav, who scored all nine of his points in the final period.

Wilsonville 70, Liberty 64: Wildcats drop Falcons in overtime

With 7.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter and his team trailing by two points, Hieb found himself at the foul line.

It seemed fitting that he sank both free throws, forcing overtime.

Hieb made 17 of his 20 shots at the stripe and en route to finishing with 24 points in Wilsonville’s thrilling 70-64 victory over Liberty at home Jan. 21.

Zach Reichle poured in a game-high 25 points for the Wildcats, who earned their 12th-consecutive series win over the Falcons (9-5, 3-1) to extend a streak that began in 2008.

It also marked the first extra-time triumph of the season for Wilsonville, which fell to Kent-Kentridge (Wash.) in overtime Jan. 2 during tournament play in Idaho.

Wilsonville 50, St. Helens 37: Bullock, Wildcats pull away from Lions

Sam Bullock led all scorers with 15 points, Hieb and Reichle each added 12 and Wilsonville powered past St. Helens in a 50-37 victory on the road Jan. 24 to remain unbeaten in conference play.

The Wildcats gave up the first bucket of the game, but they held an 11-2 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to seven points from Hieb.

The Lions pulled within four at 22-18 midway through the third quarter on a fadeaway jumper by senior Tanner Long (eight points), but Wilsonville scored the next five points and remained in control the rest of the way.

Bullock scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, eight of which came at the foul line.

It was the 11th loss in a row for St. Helens (2-11, 0-4).

Parker Lee of the Sandy Post and John Howard of the Spotlight News contributed to this report.



Wilsonville 50, St. Helens 37

Jan. 24 at St. Helens High School

1 2 3 4 F

Wilsonville 11 9 13 17 — 50

St. Helens 2 8 14 13 — 37

Wilsonville (50): Sam Bullock 15, Tyler Hieb 12, Zach Reichle 12, Zach Malvar 6, Tyler Martin 3, Jack McNulty 2.

St. Helens (37): Long 8, West 8, Bumgardner 6, Helgerson 4, Poorman 3, Jewett 2, Teyema 2, Spencer 2, Enyart 2.

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