Hillsboro, Forest Grove well-represented on All-Pacific Conference boys basketball teams
In a year in which Sherwood dominated the action on the court, the Bowmen understandably did so off of it as well, sweeping the postseason individual awards and securing four of the league's 10 all-conference positons.
The Bowmen's Jamison Guerra was selected Player of the Year, while his teammate Asher Krauel earned Defensive Player of the Year and his coach, Rahim Tufts, was the Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the title with Newberg's Mark Brown.
For the season, Guerra scored at an average of 12.7 points a game, managed 5.8 assists a game (thought to lead all Class 6A players), 4.0 rebounds a game, and 2.0 steals a game, for a Sherwood team that went 12-0 in conference play, 19-7 overall, and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs before losing to No. 3-ranked Jefferson.
In addition to league-leading Sherwood, Century, Liberty, Forest Grove and Glencoe accounted for four all-leaguers and nine honorable mention.
Century, who finished third alone in the Pacific Conference, put senior guard Jospin Mugisha on the first team, junior Edy Essien on the second, along with Chance Sparks and sophomore Kyle Hamnes who were honorable mention.
Mugisha averaged 11.4 points, 2.5 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Jaguars. Essien, who excelled at the 3-point line, led Century with 12 points per game while shooting 43 percent from the field. Meanwhle, Sparks averaged nearly eight points per game while leading the team in rebounding and field goal percentage, and Hamnes finished an impressive sophomore year, scoring nine points per game and leading the Jags in 3-point percentage at 42 percent.
Forest Grove was represented by senior Guy Littlefield and junior Braden Hudgins. Littlefield was a first team selection for the second consecutive year, becoming just the third Viking in school history to be named first team all-league more than once.
The point guard averaged 12.6 points, 4.5 assists and nearly two steals a game, and shot 50 percent from inside the 3-point line despite a concerted effort by opponents to limit the standout's ability to get in the paint.
"Guy did another nice job of leading our team this season," Forest Grove head coach Greg Evers said. "Teams did a better job this season of containing him and keeping him from the rim, but being only the third person in FGHS Boys Basketball history to be named first team all-conference is a nice feather in his cap."
Hudgins was a second team selection. The junior wing/forward had an up-and-down season, but averaged 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and led the team with 48 3-pointers on the year. He finished the season strong, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Viks' regular season finale versus Liberty.
"Braden had some really good games and some other games where teams did a good job of containing him," Evers said. "With more consistency expected from him next year, and a lot of hard work in the off-season, we hope he is not only a first team all-conference player, but also potentially a Conference Player of the Year candidate."
In addition to Littlefield and Hudgins, the Vikings' James Irvine, and Roman Miller were honorable mention selections.
Liberty was represented by freshman Bogdan Chobu, junior Joey Abelson, and senior Tyler Rockwell.
Chobu, a point guard, was a second team selection and averaged 13 points per game, and shot 52 percent from the field, 84 percent from the free throw line, and 31 percent from behind the arc.
Meanwhile Abelson, also a guard, supplied steady stewardship alongside Chobu while earning honorable mention after averaging seven points, four rebounds and three assists while shooting 47 percent from the 3-point line.
Rockwell also earned honorable mention, despite being forced to play the bulk of the year out of position (in the paint) due to the Falcons' lack of size.
Liberty finished 12-12 overall and were 6-6 in conference play.
Glencoe didn't have a first or second team selection, but was well represented on the honorable mention list, with seniors Mike Janeway and Grayson Landon, along with sophomore Ben Thornbrue making the grade.
The entire list of honorees is listed below:
Player of the year: Jamison Guerra, Sherwood
Defensive player of the year: Asher Krauel, Sherwood
Co-coaches of the year: Mark Brown, Newberg; Rahim Tufts, Sherwood
Jamison Guerra, Sherwood, senior
Blake Jensen, Sherwood, senior
Spencer Lanier, Newberg, junior
Asher Krauel, Sherwood, junior
Guy Littlefield, Forest Grove, senior
Jospin Mugisha, Century, senior
Edy Essien, Century, junior
Braden Hudgins, Forest Grove, junior
Bogdan Chobu, Liberty, freshman
Caden Davis, Sherwood, junior
Jake Gaunt, Newberg, senior
Jarrett Boumann, McMinnville, junior
Joey Abelson, Liberty, junior
Corban Muthiah, Newberg, junior
Mike Janeway, Glencoe, senior
Grayson Landon, Glencoe, senior
James Irvine, Forest Grove, junior
Ben Thornbrue, Glencoe, sophomore
Chance Sparks, Century, senior
Kyle Hamnes, Century, sophomore
Tyler Rockwell, Liberty, senior
Zach Macris, Newberg, senior
Luke Esmond, Newberg, senior
Terrin Seibel, McMinnville, junior
Baydon Kullowatz, Sherwood, sophomore
Roman Miller, Forest Grove, senior
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