Sherwood rallies late and downs Century in OT

by: DAN BROOD - ON THE DRIVE -- Sherwood junior guard Evan Kitto (left) gets to the corner ahead of Century's Ryan Durrant.HILLSBORO — No panic.

No nervousness.

Just stay calm, play with a lot of energy, make some free throws and get an important, exciting win.

That’s just what the Sherwood High School boys basketball team did.

The Bowmen, coming on strong in the final minute of regulation play and then taking control in overtime, powered their way to a 67-62 win over Century in a first round game of the Century/Hillsboro Holiday Classic, played last Thursday at Century High School.

“This was an important win,” said Sherwood senior guard Alex Castaneda, who went 4 for 4 from the free throw line in overtime. “We were coming off a loss, and we really wanted to get back on track.”

“Going into overtime, we knew we just had to calm down and play our game,” said Sherwood junior point guard Evan Kitto. “We had our ups and downs in the game, but we were able to pull it out.”

Century, from the Class 6A Pacific Conference, fell to 1-6 on the season at that point with the setback. Sherwood upped its mark to 4-1 at that point with the victory.

“It’s a big win,” Kitto said. “We needed it for our RPI (OSAA power ranking).”by: DAN BROOD - TAKING AIM -- Sherwood junior Tommy Paul (left) shoots over Century's Bryce Bangerter.

The Bowmen got off to a strong start in their game with the Jaguars. Kitto, after getting a backcourt steal, stepped back to drill a three-pointer. Soon after, Castaneda scored on a full-court drive after grabbing a defensive rebound to give Sherwood a 12-5 lead with 3 minutes and 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Later in the period, Sherwood senior post Jordan Kurahara scored on a drive to the hoop and senior Lucas Johnson followed with a layup off a pass from junior Ben Milligan to push the Bowmen lead to 16-6 with 2:16 left in the opening quarter.

Century got back-to-back baskets on jumpers by senior guard Jamel Liggins to trim the Sherwood lead to 16-10 at the end of the period.

Sherwood got two more baskets from Johnson and a three-pointer from senior Cortland Hutchison in the second quarter. But Century, with Liggins scoring 10 points in the period, was able to trim the Bowmen lead to 29-27 at halftime.

The Jaguars carried their momentum into the third quarter. Century junior Tanner Bull sank back-to-back three-pointers to give his team a 35-31 lead with 6:35 left in the period. The Jaguars then opened up their biggest lead of the game, at 39-33, when Liggins had a steal and layup with 4:38 remaining in the quarter.

Kurahara scored eight points in the period, and Castaneda added a key three-pointer and a free throw, but Sherwood still found itself trailing 46-41 going into the fourth quarter.

Sherwood battled back early in the final stanza and tied the game at 48-48 on a three-pointer by senior Keegan Lawrence coming with 6:33 remaining in the contest.

Century quickly regained the lead on a jumper by Bull and a free throw by senior Jordan Sheffer.

The Jaguars would go on to take a 57-53 advantage with 1:04 left to play.

But the Bowmen came battling back again. Sherwood caught a break as Century was whistled for a technical foul with 47.7 seconds remaining. Johnson would connect on both of his ensuing free throws to cut the lead to 55-53.

Then, with 40 seconds remaining, Sherwood junior Tommy Paul sank a short-range bank shot off an inbounds play to tie the contest at 55-55.

“That was a big shot,” Kitto said.

Century then worked for the last shot, and ended up getting three of them. But those attempts, by Liggins, Sheffer and senior Quinn Marshall — all coming in the final four seconds — were all off the mark, sending the game into overtime.

Sherwood took the first lead in the extra session, going up 60-57 on a three-pointer by Johnson with 2:03 remaining.

Century cut the margin to 60-59 on a pair of free throws by Marshall with 1:40 remaining, but the Jaguars were never able to take the lead. Sherwood made sure of that with some clutch free-throw shooting. The Bowmen went 7 for 8 from the stripe in the final 37.1 seconds of overtime to wrap up the 67-62 win.

“We work on free throws every day in practice,” Kitto said. “I think a win like this shows that we’re a solid team.”

“We just needed to close out the game, and then take control in overtime,” Castaneda said.

Johnson topped the Bowmen in scoring in the victory with 20 points. Kurahara had 14 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Castaneda added 10 points and Kitto had eight points, three assists, two steals and five rebounds.

Sherwood, as a team, made 23 of 60 shots from the field.

Liggins led Century with 20 points.

Friday, in a tourney semifinal game, Sherwood fell 82-58 to Lakeridge.

The Bowmen bounced back in Saturday’s tourney finale, getting a 55-36 win over Hillsboro. Kurahara had 21 points and Milligan added 16.

The Bowmen will be back in action Tuesday when they play at Sunset in a non-league game starting at 7:15 p.m.

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