Basketball: Bowmen sweep top Pacific Conference honors
When it comes to Pacific Conference high school boys basketball, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Actually, things didn't really change again.
For the second year in a row, Sherwood captured the conference championship, and, for the second year in a row, the Bowmen dominated the conference's postseason honors.
The Sherwood boys, who won the conference title with a perfect 12-0 record, while also going 19-7 overall, and reaching the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs for the second year in a row, swept the conference's top honors for the second year in a row.
Leading the way was Sherwood senior point guard Jamison Guerra, who was named the Pacific Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
"Jamison will graduate as one of the most decorated basketball players in Sherwood history, and without a doubt, one of, if not the best player to ever play for the Bowmen," Sherwood coach Rahim Tufts said of Guerra. "He had a phenomenal senior season, where he led us to 13 straight wins and an undefeated record in league. He was our leader, our coach on the floor and our playmaker."
For the season, Guerra scored at an average of 12.7 points a game. He had 5.8 assists a game (thought to lead all Class 6A players), 4.0 rebounds a game, and 2.0 steals a game.
Guerra is Sherwood's career leader in points scored and assists. His 436 assists rank eighth all-time in state history.
But Guerra provided more than just impressive statistics for the Bowmen.
"He makes everyone else better because he is constantly directing traffic, finding open shooters and feeding our big men and on top of all that, he is a great teammate and even better person," Tufts said. "Jamison is an unbelievable person. He treats everyone he meets with respect and kindness, gets great grades, works with the youth in our community and is a role model in our hallways. It is an end of an era with him graduating. Our school, our community and of course, our basketball program have all been elevated with his presence."
Meanwhile, Sherwood junior guard Asher Krauel was named the Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. In addition to being a defensive standout for the Bowmen, Krauel showed he can also turn in big performances at the other end of the court. He set an all-time state record for points scored in a quarter, tallying 30 in the first quarter of a home win over McMinnville on Feb. 12.
Tufts was tabbed the Pacific Conference Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, sharing the honor this year with Newberg's Mark Brown.
Sherwood senior post Blake Jensen joined Guerra and Krauel as All-Pacific Conference first-team selections. Bowmen sharp-shooting junior guard Caden Davis was a second-team All-Pacific Conference selection. Sherwood sophomore wing Baydon Kullowatz was an honorable mention all-conference pick, meaning all five Bowmen starters earned postseason All-Pacific Conference accolades.
Joining the three Bowmen on the All-Pacific Conference first team were Newberg junior Spencer Lanier, Forest Grove senior Guy Littlefield and Century senior Jospin Mugisha.
Other all-conference second-team selections include Century junior Edy Essien, Forest Grove junior Braden Hudgins, Liberty freshman Bogdan Chobu and Newberg senior Jake Gaunt.
Other honorable mention all-conference picks include McMinnville junior Jarrett Boumann, Liberty junior Joey Abelson, Newberg junior Corban Muthiah, Glencoe senior Mike Janeway, Glencoe senior Grayson Landon, Forest Grove junior James Irvine, Glencoe sophomore Ben Thornbrue, Century senior Chance Sparks, Century sophomore Kyle Hamnes, Liberty senior Tyler Rockwell, Newberg senior Zach Macris, Newberg senior Luke Esmond, McMinnville junior Terrin Seibel and Forest Grove senior Roman Miller.
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