BOYS HOOPS: Scots take a four-point halftime lead only to see Tigard rush back

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - David Douglas High School junor Trenton Templeton (15) goes to the basket during the Scots' Class 6A state playoff game at Tigard on March 4.

TIGARD — The David Douglas boys basketball team was definitely full of intensity and energy.

But, when it all came down to, Tigard had one big thing going for it — determination.

And the Tigers turned their determination into a clutch postseason victory.

Tigard rallied in the second half to get a 69-62 win over the Scots in a Class 6A state playoff first round game Wednesday night.

"I did not want to lose," said Tigard junior wing Drew Carter, who scored 27 of his game-high 34 points in the decisive second half. "All of us did not want to lose. We didn't want to lose at home, and we just wanted to advance."

"We kept at it, we kept our intensity up and we played as a team," said Tigard senior post Dylan Berg, who gave the Tigers a spark off the bench, scoring 13 points. "We just worked as a team, we played together and we came out with a win."

The Tigers (16-9) advance to play at No. 5 Central Catholic (18-7) in Saturday's second round.

David Douglas finished its season with a 12-13 record.

"At the beginning, we had some trouble," said David Douglas junior guard Trenton Templeton, who led the Scots with 17 points. "But, as a team, we all worked together, every practice, every game, it seemed like we got better, and closer as a team."

David Douglas, which fell 74-48 at Tigard in a game played back on Dec. 7, showed that it was ready for the rematch.

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Tigard High School junior Jake Wihtol (left) looks to go up to the basket against David Douglas junoir Nassir Pedraza during the teams' Class 6A state playoff contest.

Templeton, scoring on back-to-back drives to the hoop, gave the Scots a 16-13 lead late in the first quarter.

Tigard got a buzzer-beating 3-point basket from Carter to take a 19-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers tried to carry their momentum into the second quarter. Berg scored seven points in the first 3:14 of the period, including a 3-pointer, coming off an assist from freshman Malik Brown, giving Tigard a 28-20 advantage with 4:46 left before halftime.

But David Douglas came roaring back — in a very big way. Templeton, sinking a 3-pointer from the left corner, ignited a 12-0 run by the Scots. Senior guard Jermaine Robinson scored six points during the scoring spree, including back-to-back layups, which capped off the run, giving David Douglas a four-point halftime lead.

"We weren't the same team from the beginning of the season," Templeton said. "We were constantly improving, right up to this game. We were just out-hustling the other team."

The Scots kept control throughout the first part of the third quarter. They took their biggest lead, at 45-36, when Templeton sank a 3-pointer with 4:49 left in the period.

But that seemed to wake up the determined Tigers.

Carter scored on a drive, Tiger junior Edward Beglaryan added a follow-up hoop and Carter added a layup off a pass from senior Steven Long to quickly cut the David Douglas lead to 45-42.

Tigard, getting a 3-point play from Carter, followed by a 3-point basket by Berg, would reclaim the lead, at 48-47, with 57 seconds left in the period.

David Douglas would momentarily regain the lead, at 50-48, when junior Emanuel Muange sank a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining in the quarter. But Carter would score five unanswered points to end the period, including a 3-pointer with three seconds on the clock, giving Tigard a 53-50 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Carter was the catalyst of the Tigard rally, as he scored 16 points in the final 5:20 of the third quarter.

"He's our leader," Berg said of Carter. "He's always like that, always has been."

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - David Douglas senoir Dakota Lohmeier tries to power his way to the basket during the Scots' Class 6A state playoff game at Tigard.

Carter scored seven more points in the first 2:25 of the fourth quarter, giving the Tigers a double-digit advantage, at 62-52 with 4:26 left in the game.

But persistent David Douglas didn't give up.

The Scots trimmed the lead to 63-60 when Robinson went 2 for 2 from the free-throw line with 1:01 left to play.

But Tigard, with Carter, freshman Kalim Brown and senior Brett Moss hitting free throws down the stretch, was able to pull away in the final minute to get the 69-62 win.

In addition to his 34 points, Carter also had a pair of blocked shots on the defensive end.

Tigard made 23 of 35 free-throw attempts.

"This was great. It was a good first-round win," Carter said. "Hats off to David Douglas. They're a good team, and they played hard."

.In addition to Templeton's 17 points, the Scots also got 13 points from Robinson.

"I thought we did pretty good, especially in the first half," Templeton said. "Credit to Dakota (Lohmeier) for taking a couple charges, and the leadership from Jermaine. Our seniors came it and did it tonight. It was a big game for us, so we brought everything we had. It was a good experience, it was a good game."

D. DOUGLAS 16 18 16 12 — 62

TIGARD 19 11 23 16 — 69

David Douglas (62) — Trenton Templeton 17, Robinson 13, Jo. Collins 10, Pedraza 6, Lohmeier 6, Muange 5, Ja. Collins 2, Lewis 1, Tang, Cooke.

Tigard (69) — Drew Carter 34, Berg 13, Long 7, Beglaryan 5, K. Brown 4, Moss 3, M. Brown 2, Wahtol 1, Bailey, Kohlhan, Harbary, D. Bailey.

This story is scheduled for our Friday, March 6, print edition.

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