Wilsonville takes over late, dominates Parkrose in second half
Wilsonville—Parkrose kept things close early, but Wilsonville did what Wilsonville has grown to do in league play. The Wildcats established a small lead, and then expanded upon it late in the game. The home team defeated the visiting Broncos 60-37 at the end of 32 minutes of play.
In the first quarter, both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net. Wilsonville ended the first eight minutes with just seven points, Parkrose with six. To hear Wilsonville junior Jack Roche tell it, the team was rushing into their offense against a solid team.
"I think we were attacking a little too early, we weren't enough reversals," Roche said. "But you also have to credit them, they're a good team. They're very athletic, they have a lot of talented players and they made things tough on us."
To start the second quarter, Parkrose took a brief lead thanks to a basket from freshman Jason Davis. That was the last time the Broncos would taste the lead.
Roche hit a three pointer to gain the advantage, sophomore Gabe Reichle hit a layup along the baseline to extend Wilsonville's advantage to six points. Parkrose pressed a full court defense midway through the second quarter, but it had little effect. Senior Ryan Napoli and Roche hit baskets shortly thereafter, and a Napoli takeaway led to a Zac Rossetti three-pointer. By the end of the quarter it was 23-15, but Parkrose was competitive. Heading into the locker room, Wilsonville head coach Chris Roche knew his guys were going to need to step it up in the second 16 minutes.
"It's up to them, they did it," Chris Roche said. "I don't know if it was anything I said as much as them realizing we're in a fight here, we've got to step it up and play at the intensity level they deserve. If we didn't, it was going to be a dog fight the whole way. I was really happy with the way we played in the third quarter, I thought we were way livelier, we moved the ball better, we found a flow, and once we found a flow we were able to break that game open a little bit."
And break that game open they did. The Wildcats scored 17 points in the next eight minutes, with baskets from sophomore Keegan Shivers, senior Caleb Larsen, and sophomore Dakota Reber bringing the total to 40-30 at the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter featured some interesting moments. Early in the final stanza, the net got hung up on Wilsonville's rim, effectively blocking the poor soul that took that next shot. Unfortunately for Wilsonville senior Zac Rossetti, he was that poor soul. Despite having the basket robbed, Rossetti quickly got a takeaway from the Parkrose offense and secured a follow up layup.
"Stuff happens," Rossetti said. "It's a play that happens, got to go through it. It was weird. It probably goes in if the net wasn't hung. It was funny, not going to lie. But I just went, 'Next play. Let's get the win."
A few minutes later, there was a scary moment with Wilsonville senior Caleb Larsen took a blow to the head and had to be taken off of the court at the 3:27 mark of the quarter. Larsen was taken through the concussion protocol on the sideline.
"Not yet, he actually looked pretty good," coach Chris Roche said. "We're hopeful he'll be fine. But we'll be careful with him. We're always really careful with that stuff, we want to make sure we do the right thing with him. But he got hit in the head, so we're going to be careful."
After that scary moment, it was Wilsonville getting back to business as usual. Shivers hit Reichle with a no look pass for two points, and the game wrapped up with a Sam Westing basket. When it was all said and done, Wilsonville had the W 60-37.