Basketball: Krauel, Bowmen turn in record-breaking performance
There are good starts.
There are great starts.
There are fantastic starts.
And then there is Asher Krauel's start.
And Krauel's start was absolutely amazing, fabulous, and record-setting.
Krauel, a junior guard for the Sherwood High School boys basketball team, poured in an astounding 30 points in the first quarter — a new state record — as he helped propel the Bowmen to a 112-27 win over McMinnville in a Pacific Conference boys basketball game played Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Sherwood High School.
"It was a lot of fun," said Krauel, who finished the game with a career-high 42 points. "I've never experienced something like that. But the only stat I care about is what's on the scoreboard at the end of the game."
"No, I've never seen anything like that before," said Sherwood sophomore wing Baydon Kullowatz, who scored 11 points in the contest. "I've heard stories about when they were in middle school, but performances like that don't happen every night."
With the loss, McMinnville moved to 0-8 in Pacific Conference play (2-17 overall), putting the Grizzlies in seventh place in the conference standings. With the win, its eighth straight, Sherwood improved to 8-0 in conference games (14-6 overall), keeping the Bowmen alone atop the league standings.
"That was a big win, and hopefully that will help us in the rankings, bump us up," Krauel said.
"It was a great team performance, and, obviously, with Asher coming out and lighting it up in the first quarter, but it's not always about offense," Kullowatz said. "It was defense that got us going."
That certainly seemed to be the case.
The Sherwood defense, with senior guard Jamison Guerra coming up with six steals, helped force McMinnville into 12 turnovers in the first quarter. And Krauel, and the rest of the Bowmen, took advantage.
Krauel, with a 14-foot jumper and a 3-point basket, tallied the first five points of the contest, and Sherwood took off from there. Senior post Blake Jensen scored on a layup, following a steal by junior Caden Davis, Kullowatz sank a 3-pointer off an assist by Krauel, who followed with a 3-pointer of his own, and then Guerra had a steal and layup, giving the Bowmen a 15-0 led with 3 minutes and 53 seconds left to play in opening period.
The Sherwood lead was at 19-4 after Kullowatz went 1 for 2 from the free-throw line after he was fouled on a put-back shot.
After that, it was all Krauel — in a huge way.
Krauel scored 19 straight points in the final 2:10 of the first quarter. That scoring spree started with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle, giving the Bowmen a 22-4 advantage with 2:10 left in the period. Krauel then came up with a quick steal and layup. He then had another layup following a steal and pass from Guerra. Then, following another Guerra steal, Krauel connected on another 3-pointer from the top of the arc, giving him 10 points in a game span of 25 seconds.
But he wasn't done there. Krauel sank a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:13 left in the period, he swished a 3-pointer from the left wing with 0:45 remaining, and he made yet another 3-pointer, from the right wing, with 0:22 remaining in the period.
That gave Krauel 30 points for the quarter, and the Bowmen a 38-4 lead. For the opening period, Krauel shot at an 8-for-10 clip from 3-point range, while also having three rebounds, three steals and an assist. His 30 points broke the old state record for points scored in a corner, 29 by Eugene's Mike Moran, set back in 1955.
"I don't know what happened. I have no idea," Krauel said with a smile. "I had no idea how much I had. I wasn't keeping track, I was just trying to help the team."
Krauel then opened the scoring in the second quarter with another 3-pointer, giving him 22 straight points, and Sherwood a 41-4 lead. Krauel went to the bench soon after that, but the Bowmen kept rolling.
Davis, Kullowatz, Guerra, senior Nate Merrill and sophomore Bjorn Bergstrom all sank 3-pointers in the quarter. Jensen scored six points in the period, including a steal and buzzer-beating breakaway dunk, giving Sherwood a 64-10 halftime lead.
Krauel sank a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter. Junior Zack Ariza made a 3-pointer and scored seven points in the period. Davis also added a 3-pointer, helping Sherwood take a 92-18 lead at the end of the period.
Krauel went 3 for 3 at the free-throw line, after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with 6:12 left in the game, before leaving the contest for good.
Bergstrom picked up the slack, sinking three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, helping Sherwood close out the 112-27 win.
"It all starts on defense, always," Krauel said. "This was a lot of fun, having fun with the guys. It's all about the team."
Krauel made 11 of 15 shots from 3-point range on his way to scoring his 42 points, leaving him just three points shy of the school record.
"I've been due, I guess," said Krauel, who also had six rebounds, three steals and two assists in the win. "I've been lifting, and working hard in practice. Yeah, I was feeling it, definitely a little hot."
Sherwood, as a team made 23 3-pointers in the victory (out of 45 attempts), breaking the old state record for 3-pointers in a game, previously held by Sprague, which made 21 3-pointers in a contest back in 2001.
"Yes, we can all shoot," Kullowatz said. "(Sherwood head coach Rahim) Tufts, and the coaching staff really emphasize that at practice every night. We have to come in and be ready to shoot."
"We work on that a lot in practice," Krauel said. "That's our ball game, draw-and-kick threes, and that's what we're going to stick to."
Bergstrom, coming off the bench, sank four 3-pointers in the contest. Davis and Kullowatz each made two 3-pointers. Guerra, Ariza, Merrill and junior Clay Peden had one apiece.
Guerra, for the game, had seven steals and three assists to go with seven points. Bergstrom scored 12 points. Ariza had 11. Jensen had 10 points and six rebounds, and Kullowatz had 11 points and five rebounds.
"I was challenged by my coaches to get five 'O' boards," Kullowatz said. "I didn't reach that goal, but team-wide, we crashed the boards. They have two big studs that we had to box out to get those boards."
Sherwood, as a team for the game, made 42 of 75 shots from the field. The Bowmen also outrebounded McMinnville by a 43-14 margin, and had just four turnovers for the contest.
"I think we can build on this. We want to finish league strong. We have some tough games coming up, at Forest Grove and at Liberty, but we're looking forward to them," Kullowatz said. "This was very fun, but we have to keep going."
Junior Jarrett Bourmann led McMinnville with eight points. The Grizzlies made nine of 35 shots from the field, and nine of 13 free-throw attempts.
The Bowmen will be back in action on Friday, when they play at Forest Grove at 5:45 p.m. On Tuesday, Sherwood will travel to Liberty for a 7 p.m. contest.
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