Sherwood boys step up in tournament victory
For the Sherwood High School boys basketball team, it's turned out to be quite a potent combination.
On Friday, the Bowmen, behind their three-point shooting skills, and their non-relenting defense, ran to a 72-45 win over De La Salle North Classic in a consolation bracket semifinal game at the Les Schwab Invitational "The Eight" tournament, held at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
"It went really well," said Sherwood junior guard Caden Davis, who sank five 3-point baskets in the victory. "We bounced back after a loss to Pacifica Christian (69-54 in a tournament game on Jan. 2). They're a really good team, but we still didn't play as well as we could have. In this game, we played pretty well. We got out fast."
"It was good. We started off shooting really well, which was good. That gave us a spark right from the get-go," said Sherwood senior post Blake Jensen, who had three blocked shots to help key the Bowmen defense. "I thought we did a really good job on defense. They have some good players, so we had to play good defense on the help side. We boxed out really well, and gave them just one shot."
With the loss, De La Salle, the defending Class 3A state champion, moved to 4-5 on the season to that point. With the victory, coupled with a 92-56 win over Sandy in the tournament consolation championship game on Saturday, Sherwood evened its season record at 5-5.
"We had to bounce back from the loss yesterday," Davis said. "We struggled yesterday, so we had to make sure we got back on the right path."
"It was great that we learned from our loss and came out strong and got the win today," Jensen said.
"We just want to get our momentum going, so when we get to league, we're ready to go."
The Bowmen certainly seemed to be ready to go right from the start of their game with De La Salle. Sherwood sank three 3-pointers in the first 1 minute and 16 seconds of the contest, on its way to grabbing a quick 9-3 lead. Davis and junior Asher Krauel each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the period, with ended with the Bowmen holding a 21-14 lead.
De La Salle scored the first seven points of the second quarter, with a 3-pointer by sophomore Ater Beng tying the game at 21-21 with 5:58 left in the period.
But Sherwood answered back with its outside shooting prowess. Bowmen sophomore Bjorn Bergstrom and Davis sank back-to-back 3-pointers to give Sherwood a 27-21 lead with 3:32 left before halftime, and the Bowmen would keep the lead the rest of the way.
Sherwood senior guard Jamison Guerra scored a pair of baskets in the final 2:48 of the quarter, and Jensen added a pair of free throws, helping the Bowmen claim a 33-27 halftime lead.
The Bowmen, behind their defense, then pulled away in the third quarter. De La Salle made just two of 12 shots from the field against the Sherwood defense, while also having five turnovers in the quarter.
Meanwhile, Guerra had nine points, two assists and two rebounds in the period. Davis sank two more 3-pointers, while also having a pair of assists and a steal. Jensen had four points and two blocked shots, and Krauel pulled down five rebounds, helping the Bowmen up the margin to 52-33 going into the fourth quarter.
Sherwood kept rolling in the final stanza. Krauel and Guerra sank back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Bowmen a 60-35 lead with 6:37 left to play in the game.
Sherwood then finished the game with a bang, with junior post Zack Ariza coming up with a steal and breakaway dunk with 36 seconds left to play, helping the Bowmen close out the 72-45 victory.
"We got their stud (senior George Sadi) in foul trouble, and we just worked on containing him," Davis said. "Once we contained him, we just blew the game open."
Guerra led a balanced Sherwood scoring attack in the win with 18 points. He also had eight assists and six rebounds. Davis scored 15 points, coming on a 5-for-9 shooting performance from 3-point range.
"After I hit the first couple, I got more confident in my shot, and kept hitting them," said Davis, who also had four assists. "My team found me and got me the ball. We were all hitting open shots."
Krauel had 13 points and seven rebounds. Jensen had six points and five rebounds to go with his three blocked shots.
Sherwood, as a team, made 29 of 60 shots from the field, with 12 3-pointers, and two of four free-throw attempts.
"We've got a ton of great shooters. We pass the ball around and get open shots," Jensen said. "This was super fun. It's always fun to get a win."
"It was a good win. The way we won it should help us with our confidence," Davis said. "We can build on this and get a streak going."
Sadi led De La Salle with 14 points. Junior Ubedei McGautha added eight points for the Knights.
De La Salle, as a team, made 16 of 55 shots from the field, with five 3-pointers, and eight of 12 free-throw attempts.
Sherwood, in its 92-56 win over Sandy on Saturday, made 33 of 63 shots from the field, including 16 3-point baskets.
Krauel sank four 3-pointers on his way to scoring a team-high 18 points. Guerra had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Jensen had 11 points and six rebounds. Junior Clay Peden scored 10 points and sophomore Baydon Kullowatz had six points and 10 rebounds.
The Bowmen will be back in action on Tuesday, when they play at West Salem in a non-league game starting at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, Sherwood will travel to Oregon City for a 7 p.m. non-league contest. The Bowmen will open their Pacific Conference schedule on Jan. 15, when they host Liberty at 7 p.m.
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