Tualatin puts it all together against Canby
TUALATIN — Early in the fourth quarter, Tualatin High School sophomore John Miller came up with a steal in backcourt.
He sprinted toward the other basket on a breakaway and went up high for a one-handed dunk attempt.
And that was about the one and only thing that went wrong for the Timberwolves all game long.
Tualatin, showing great efficiency on offense, and a stifling defensive attack, seemed to dominate from start to finish, on both ends of the court, as it ran to an 86-33 win over Canby in a Three Rivers League boys basketball game played Tuesday at Tualatin High School.
"It was good," said Tualatin senior guard Alexis Angeles, who tied for game-high scoring honors with 15 points. "We had a lot of energy tonight. We've been improving on defense all season. We take a lot of pride in that."
"Everything went well. We're pleased," said Miller, who had a thunderous, two-handed dunk earlier in the contest. "We didn't look past Canby at all. We went out and played our game."
With the loss, Canby fell to 0-3 in TRL games (4-9 overall), putting the Cougars in a tie with Newberg and Lakeridge for sixth place in the league standings.
With the victory, the Tualatin improved to 3-0 in TRL play (11-2 overall), putting the Wolves in a tie with West Linn for first place in the league standings.
"It's big," Miller said of the 3-0 start to league play. "It sends a message to the bigger teams in the league."
The Wolves, in Tuesday's game, got a three-point basket by junior guard Derek Leneve, off a pass from Angeles, to start the game. Angeles then had a follow-up basket and senior Chris Freese followed with a basket on a 6-foot jumper, off a pass from senior post Nathan Platter, giving Tualatin a 7-0 lead just 2 minutes and 26 seconds into the contest.
And the Wolves weren't threatened the rest of the way.
Freese had six points, three rebounds, a steal and an assist in the opening period. Angeles scored six points in the quarter and Platter sank a three-pointer, helping Tualatin claim an 18-10 lead at the end of the period.
Tualatin junior Caden Dickson scored on a drive to open the second quarter. Angeles followed that with seven unanswered points, giving the Wolves a 27-10 lead with 6:20 left in the period.
Later in the period, Miller, taking a lob pass from junior Jason Wisler, threw down a rim-shaking two-handed dunk.
"I didn't think that would happen," Miller said, talking about his fourth dunk of the season. "But I was pleased."
The dunk gave the Wolves a 37-12 lead with 54 seconds left in the quarter. Tualatin, with Miller scoring eight points in the period, would go on to take a 41-14 halftime lead.
It was more of the same in the third quarter. Dickson sank a pair of three-point baskets in the period, helping the Wolves up their lead to 59-24 going into the fourth quarter.
Tualatin then really got rolling in the final stanza. Junior Jack Rose scored six points in the period. Dickson, junior post Bridger Steppe and sophomore Sam Noland each scored five points in the quarter. Wisler and senior Lucas Noland each added a three-pointer in the period, as the Wolves closed out the 86-33 victory.
"We just got stops, ran and played our game," Angeles said. "We keep it easy. We're not the tallest team, but we play to our strengths. We're quick and we're scrappy."
Tualatin, as a team, made 33 of 58 shots from the field (56.9 percent) with nine three-point baskets. The Wolves also made 11 of 13 free-throw attempts, outrebounded Canby by a 40-17 margin and had just six turnovers in the contest.
"It's the system," Miller said. "We work hard in practice."
"It was fun," Angeles said. "The system is a lot of fun."
Angeles had five rebounds and three steals to go with his 15 points. Dickson also scored 15 points. Miller had 12 points and pair of steals. Freese had eight points, seven rebounds and two steals. Rose had eight points, five rebounds and two assists. Leneve, Platter, Wisler, Steppe and Sam Noland scored five points apiece.
Freshman Diego Arredondo led Canby with nine points.
The Cougars made just 12 of 46 shots from the field against the Tualatin defense.
Prior to the win over Canby, Tualatin scored a 57-34 win over Newberg in a league game played Friday at Tualatin High School. Angeles scored 30 points in that contest.
The Wolves will be back in action on Friday, when they play at West Linn in a league showdown starting at 7:15 p.m. at West Linn High School. On Wednesday, Tualatin will play at rival Tigard in a league game starting at 7:15 p.m.