Wildcats score season low in NWOC rivalry finale
SHERWOOD It wasnt how the Wilsonville boys basketball team wanted to end its fiercest league rivalry. Not even close.
With a share of the Northwest Oregon Conference title up for grabs, the Wildcats found few open looks and scored a season low in a 40-27 loss to Sherwood on the road Feb. 25.
Wilsonville (18-6, 11-3 in the NWOC) was hoping to avenge its four-point loss in the teams first meeting, but it ended up with its third-straight defeat in its all-time series with the Bowmen.
That wouldnt have felt good even if we were going play them a hundred more times, coach Chris Roche said. We didnt run our offense, and they looked bigger and stronger and better than us. We got kicked around. They were better than us every which way. Its a disappointing response to an opportunity by our guys.
Despite their showing against Sherwood, which earned the NWOC championship outright, the Wildcats finished their league slate with a 56-41 win over Putnam at home Feb. 28 to finish in second place.
They also earned the No. 8 ranking in Class 5A, meaning they could skip the play-in round with an automatic berth to the playoffs. They will host a to-be-determined opponent March 8 in the round of 16 with a trip to Eugene for the state tournament on the line.
Roche, however, wasnt ready to talk about his teams postseason prospects after watching its performance against Sherwood (19-4, 12-2).
If thats the level were going to play at, were going to be done very quickly, he said. We struggled every which way. This was a whooping, and thats what it feels like. We have not been a good practice team, and we cant go back in time. But if the urgency doesnt kick in right now, this is going to be the result for us.
Senior wing Zach Malvar finished with a team-high 11 points and Tyler Hieb added 10 for Wilsonville. Jordan Kurahara scored a game-high 13 points and Lucas Johnson contributed 12 to lead Sherwood.
The Wildcats compiled a 10-6 record in Class 5A games against the Bowmen, who will jump to 6A next season. They were swept in the rivalry series this year for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign.
Its always a good atmosphere you always want to beat them, sophomore point guard Sam Bullock said. I want to play them again. I hope we can schedule them.
Bullock said Wilsonville will need improved screening, cutting and offensive purpose as it vies for a sixth-consecutive state trophy.
The Wildcats 27-point total against Sherwood was their lowest offensive output since the OSAA created six athletic classifications eight years ago.
They trailed 21-14 at halftime after scoring all seven of their second-quarter points at the foul line. They mustered just four points all by Malvar in the third quarter.
I dont know how many good shots we got this whole game, Roche said. We didnt play worth a lick. We werent active. We didnt do anything tough. ... We have to figure out how to put together a good possession.
AT A GLANCE
Sherwood 40, Wilsonville 27
Feb. 25 at Sherwood High School
1 2 3 4 F
Wilsonville 7 7 4 9 27
Sherwood 12 9 11 8 40
Wilsonville (27): Zach Malvar 11, Tyler Hieb 10, Sam Bullock 2, Zach Reichle 2, Tyler Martin 2.
Sherwood (40): Jordan Kurahara 13, Lucas Johnson 12, Ben Milligan 5, Keegan Lawrence 4, Tommy Paul 3, Cortland Hutchison 3.
END OF AN ERA
A look at the Wilsonville-Sherwood rivalry in Class 5A:
Jan. 5, 2007: SHERWOOD 41, Wilsonville 40
Jan. 30, 2007: Sherwood 50, WILSONVILLE 45
Jan. 29, 2008: Wilsonville 52, SHERWOOD 43
Feb. 22, 2008: WILSONVILLE 56, Sherwood 46
Jan. 30, 2009: SHERWOOD 69, Wilsonville 52
Feb. 24, 2009: WILSONVILLE 62, Sherwood 42
Jan. 29, 2010: WILSONVILLE 61, Sherwood 41
Feb. 24, 2010: Wilsonville 50, SHERWOOD 49
Jan. 11, 2011: Wilsonville 49, SHERWOOD 39
Feb. 4, 2011: WILSONVILLE 43, Sherwood 36
Jan. 13, 2012: WILSONVILLE 65, Sherwood 36
Feb. 7, 2012: Wilsonville 52, SHERWOOD 43
Jan. 25, 2013: Wilsonville 43, SHERWOOD 40
Feb. 19, 2013: Sherwood 46, WILSONVILLE 42
Jan. 31, 2014: Sherwood 45, WILSONVILLE 41
Feb. 25, 2014: SHERWOOD 40, Wilsonville 27