Basketball: Sherwood boys able to fight off Newberg
It was a match-up of the top two teams in the Pacific Conference standings.
And, when things were all said and done, the Sherwood High School boys basketball team still stood alone at the top of those standings.
The Bowmen fought off a strong effort from Newberg to get a 65-58 win over the Tigers in a Pacific Conference showdown played Friday at Sherwood High School.
"Friday night was an example of a great high school basketball game where two of the top teams in our league went back and forth all night," Sherwood coach Rahim Tufts said. "Newberg did a great job of defending a lot of our actions, and when certain things were taken away, (Sherwood senior guard) Jamison (Guerra) and (senior post) Blake (Jensen) shined and made plays happen on the offensive end along with (junior guard) Asher (Krauel)."
With the victory, Sherwood improved to 7-0 in Pacific Conference play (13-6 overall), leaving the Bowmen alone in first place in the conference standings. Newberg moved to 5-2 in conference games (11-8 overall), leaving the Tigers in second place in the standings.
Guerra led the way for Sherwood in the victory with 27 points. He also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jensen added 12 points and four rebounds. Krauel had 12 points, three rebounds and two steals.
"Those three carried us and Jamison made big play after big play," Tufts said. "It was a testament to his preparation, but also to how we have great shooters and Newberg had to stay home on those shooters, therefore driving lanes opened up for (Guerra). (Senior guard) Dallin Marker was a huge spark off the bench as well."
Sherwood actually got off to a slow start to the game, with Newberg taking early control, before the Bowmen came battling back.
"On the defensive side of the floor we came out a little flat and Newberg came out hot," Tufts said. "They made the first run of the game, and then we really locked in and held them to five points in the second quarter, which created a huge momentum shift for us."
Junior forward Spencer Lanier paced Newberg with 15 points. Junior guard Corban Muthiah added 14 points for the Tigers.
Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday. Sherwood will host McMinnville, and Newberg will be home to play Forest Grove in Pacific Conference games starting at 7 p.m. On Friday, the Bowmen will travel to Forest Grove for a conference game beginning at 5:45 p.m.
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