David Douglas left with no shot at overtime
6A BOYS BASKETBALL
|Forest Grove Vikings (6-0)|
|David Douglas Scots (0-7)|
Just when the David Douglas boys basketball team thought victory was within reach, Forest Grove center Ayden Purcell rose up and snatched it away giving the Vikings the 46-43 road win Tuesday.
The Scots were a step behind on the scoreboard most of the night, but the tide seemed to be turning after Naol Tuffa rattled home a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to make it a one-point game with 1:07 to play.
The David Douglas defense did everything possible to get a steal, sending three defenders to the ball on several occasions. But Forest Grove guards Guy Littlefield and Adison Emerick calmly directed action around the perimeter, peeling more than 40 seconds off the clock and forcing the Scots to foul.
That is when it appeared David Douglas had caught its break.
The Vikings missed both shots at the line, but 6-foot-5 center Ayden Purcell was quick off the floor and plucked the ball at its highest point for the offensive rebound.
"I focused on getting into the best possible position," Purcell said. "I knew getting that ball could seal the game for us."
The Scots were forced to foul again.
This time, Littlefield got a chance at the line and sank both attempts.
David Douglas needed a 3-pointer to force overtime.
"Forcing them to shoot a 3 at the end changed how both teams had to play that final sequence," Purcell said.
The Vikings deflected the ball out of bounds, leaving the Scots 12 ticks to find an equalizer.
David Douglas inbounded the ball and tried to find a shot in front of its bench. Two Vikings were in the way. A pass into the corner, and the defense shifted to smother that chance.
The horn sounded without the Scots getting off an attempt.
David Douglas takes on McMinnville at Linfield College in its final preseason game at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28.
In a game where points were difficult to come by, the Vikings got two easy ones coming out of the halftime locker room. Center Henry Tonges made a last-second switch with Littlefield, taking his spot to inbound the ball in the corner of the court. The referee tossed him the ball, and Tonges let loose with a Tom Brady long bomb that hit Littlefield in stride for a layup 80 feet away.
The quick-strike play helped the Vikings match their largest lead at 27-20.
David Douglas senior Geo Baxter did his best Tasmanian Devil impersonation, coming up with an endless series of hustle plays to keep the Scots within striking distance.
It started when he took in a long pass and got to the rim with a defender on each side. He converted the basket, but ended up crashing into the padding behind the basket.
Baxter popped up ready for more.
On the next trip, he battled a crowd of taller Vikings to keep a ball alive under the basket. Eventually, it got swatted away. But Baxter wasn't going to give up on it. He tip-toed the baseline and dived out of bounds while whipping the ball off the knees of a Forest Grove player to retain possession.
Later in the quarter, he tied up a loose ball and the possession arrow favored the Scots, who took quick advantage of the second chance when Naatoli Mohammed and Jediah Dorn Barrow worked a give-and-go off the inbounds play.
On the next trip, Baxter again got the ball in low on the block, stepped behind the backboard and came out the other side for two points that cut the Forest Grove lead to 34-31 with 6:22 left.
Still, he wasn't done.
Moving toward crunch time, Baxter attacked the basket only to find the 6-foot-6 Tonges in his path. Baxter twisted in mid-air and his shot came off the rim. But he grabbed his own rebound, and went back up absorbing a bump from Tonges for a three-point play that brought the Scots within two with 1:32 left.
Forest Grove beat the buzzer at the end of each of the first three quarters, giving them a six-point boost over the course of the game.
The highlight came at the end of the first half when, Emerick fed the ball inside to Dominic Funk, who appeared to be trapped behind the basket, but he launched himself at an odd angle to avoid the bottom of the backboard and squeeze past a defender for a layup and a 25-20 halftime lead.
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FOREST GROVE 13 12 7 14 — 46
DAVID DOUGLAS 10 10 7 16 — 43
Forest Grove (46) — Guy Littlefield 23, Eli Leto 4, Ayden Purcell 4, Braden Hudgins 4, Adison Emerick 3, James Irvine 2, Henry Tonges 2, Dominic Funk 2, J.. Buehler 1, Ferguson, Dineen.
David Douglas (43) — Geo Baxter 17, Naol Tuffa 7, Trenton Templeton 6, Jermaine Robinson 5, Jediah Barrow 4, Naatoli Mohammed 2, Aden Frasquillo 2, Lohmeier, Rodriguez-Nava, Hunt.
This story is slated for our Friday, Dec. 21, print edition.