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Wildcats score season low in NWOC rivalry finale

by: JEFF GOODMAN / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Tyler Hieb is guarded tightly during the Wilsonville boys basketball team's Feb. 25 game at Sherwood. The Wildcats scored just four points in the third quarter as the Bowmen guaranteed at least a share of the conference title.SHERWOOD — It wasn’t 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 wouldn’t have felt good even if we were going play them a hundred more times,” coach Chris Roche said. “We didn’t 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. It’s 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, wasn’t ready to talk about his team’s postseason prospects after watching its performance against Sherwood (19-4, 12-2).

“If that’s the level we’re going to play at, we’re going to be done very quickly,” he said. “We struggled every which way. This was a whooping, and that’s what it feels like. We have not been a good practice team, and we can’t go back in time. But if the urgency doesn’t 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.

“It’s 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 don’t know how many good shots we got this whole game,” Roche said. “We didn’t play worth a lick. We weren’t active. We didn’t do anything tough. ... We have to figure out how to put together a good possession.”



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.



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

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