Sherwood boys step up to get first win
SHERWOOD — Getting that first win of the season is always nice.
But, for the Sherwood High School boys basketball team, it was also important — very important.
And Sherwood, after losing its first two games of the season, got its important first victory in impressive style.
The Bowmen, seemingly in control from start to finish, ran to a 66-40 win over Lincoln in a non-league game played Friday at Sherwood High School.
"We really needed this," said Sherwood senior guard Jamison Guerra, who scored a game-high 20 points in the victory. "We couldn't afford to go 0-3 to start off the season. We let those first two slip away from us, and that was out of character. We got back on track tonight."
"We've been saving this up," said Sherwood junior guard Asher Krauel, who scored nine second-half points. "We came out and played well. We were due. It's just mainly because we've been working hard in practice. Team chemistry was a big part of this. It's a big weight off our shoulders."
With the loss, Lincoln moved to 1-3 on the season. Sherwood improved to 1-2 with its first victory of the season.
"The difference definitely was our energy, and our engagement on defense," Guerra said. "We were definitely focused on defense, and that was big, especially after we lost to David Douglas. We have to stay engaged the whole time."
"It's the beginning of the season, with a bunch of new guys, and it's hard to replace someone like (2019 Sherwood graduates) Braden Thorn and Tyler Hix," Krauel said. "I think the lack of chemistry in the first two games got to us, but this game we came together. Every day in practice, we're getting better. Jamison is coming alive."
The Bowmen got off to a fast start in Friday's game. Sherwood sophomore Baydon Kullowatz opened the scoring with a 3-point basket from the right corner, coming off a pass from senior post Blake Jensen, who followed that up with a turnaround jumper, giving the Bowmen a 5-0 lead with 5 minutes and 46 seconds left in the first quarter. Sherwood kept the lead the rest of the way.
Guerra added five points later in the opening period, with ended with the Bowmen holding a 10-7 lead.
Sherwood opened the second quarter with a pair of free throws by Jensen, and a pair of 3-pointers by senior Nate Merrrill, both coming off assists from Guerra, upping the Bowmen lead to 18-9 with 5:30 left in the quarter.
Lincoln closed the gap to 23-18 following a 17-foot jumper by sophomore Henri Perrin, coming with 1:00 remaining in the period. But Sherwood answered with a 3-pointer by Kullowatz, coming off a pass by junior Clay Peden, giving the Bowmen a 26-18 halftime advantage.
Sherwood then took off in the third quarter. Krauel opened the period with a 3-pointer from the left corner, coming off a pass from Guerra. Then, after Lincoln got a 3-pointer from senior Matt Phillipi, Sherwood, getting seven points from Guerra and baskets by junior Caden Davis and Peden, finished the period on a 14-4 run, giving the Bowmen a 43-25 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Sherwood kept rolling in the final stanza. Kullowatz' third 3-pointer of the contest pushed the Bowmen lead to 51-30 with 5:43 left to play. From there, the Bowmen rolled to the 66-40 victory.
"On defense, that's where it started," Guerra said of the key to the victory. "Our defense, and our rebounding, for sure. Working on the boards, that got us going in transition and then finding the shooters."
"We've been working hard in practice every day, pushing each other," Krauel said. "This was really important, to get a home victory before the season kicks off."
Guerra had six rebounds, four assists and four steals to go with his game-high 20 points. Kullowatz added 11 points for the Bowmen. Jensen had nine points, four rebounds and three steals. Krauel had nine point and Merrill added six.
Sherwood, as a team, made 20 of 41 shots from the field, with eight 3-pointers, and 18 of 24 free-throw attempts. The Bowmen also outrebounded Lincoln by a 26-20 margin, while also helping force the Cardinals into 21 turnovers.
"This was a lot of fun. We needed it," Guerra said. "That's what we need to do every night. Asher is a great leader for us, and me and Jensen, we've got to step into the leadership role."
Phillipi lead Lincoln with 11 points. Senior Jake Berry added 10 points for the Cardinals. Lincoln, as a team, made 15 of 43 shots from the field, with six 3-pointers, and four of six free-throw attempts.
Sherwood will be back in action on Wednesday, when it opens play at the Capitol City Classic, being held at Willamette University in Salem, with a 5:30 p.m. game with Silverton. The 16-team tournament, which also includes Tigard and Wilsonville, runs through Dec. 23.
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