Basketball: Sherwood boys hit from long range in win at Century
The Sherwood High School boys basketball team can certainly shoot the ball.
The Bowmen can also score — a lot.
And, when it comes to Pacific Conference play, all they do is keep on winning.
Sherwood, sinking a season-high 17 3-point baskets, stayed perfect in Pacific Conference play by running to an 85-61 win over Century in a conference game played Tuesday at Century High School in Hillsboro.
"We shoot in practice a lot, and we're getting stronger," said Sherwood junior guard Asher Krauel, who made five 3-pointers on his way to scoring a game-high 17 points. "If it's open, everyone has the green light. We're looking for all the shooters."
"It was great. Shooters were knocking down shots, and we were crashing the boards," said Sherwood senior post Blake Jensen, who scored 13 points in the win. "I thought our defense was nails. We did a good job containing their players. No one really had a ton of points for them."
With the loss, Century moved to 3-3 in conference play (8-10 overall), putting the Jaguars in a tie with Liberty and Forest Grove for third place in the conference standings. Sherwood improved to 6-0 in conference play (12-6 overall), leaving the Bowmen alone in first place in the conference standings, one game ahead of second-place Newberg, at the midway point of the conference season.
"I think it's huge to be undefeated right now," Jensen said. "It's great. But we're definitely looking for the future. We want to keep going strong in league and get ready for the playoffs."
"We're looking for next week, and then the week after that," Krauel said.
It didn't take long for Sherwood to set the tone in Tuesday's game. Krauel and Sherwood senior guard Jamison Guerra opened the contest with back-to-back 3-pointers. Then, after Century senior Jospin Mugisha sank a jumper, Krauel and Bowmen junior Caden Davis made back-to-back 3-pointers. Sherwood sophomore Baydon Kullowatz added a put-back basket, following a steal by Guerra, to give the Bowmen a 14-2 lead with 3 minutes and 7 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
"We always want to start off strong and get that first run going," Jensen said.
Krauel and senior Nate Merrill added 3-point baskets for Sherwood in the final 2:07 of the opening period, which ended with the Bowmen holding a 20-11 lead.
Sherwood kept rolling early in the second quarter, opening the period with a 10-0 run, which included a short-range banker by junior Clay Peden, a follow-up hoop by Jensen and back-to-back 3-pointers by Davis and Krauel, both coming off of passes from Kullowatz, upping the Bowmen lead to 30-11 with 5:45 left in the quarter.
Century tried to rally later in the period, getting a pair of 3-point baskets from sophomore Kyle Hamnes. But Krauel would answer with his fifth 3-pointer of the first half, helping the Bowmen take a 40-28 lead at the intermission.
The Bowmen got their inside-outside game going, in a big way, in the third quarter. Davis connected on three 3-pointers in the period. Meanwhile, Jensen scored eight points down low, helping the Bowmen open up a 61-41 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
"They have to double down and guard me, and that opens things up for the shooters," Jensen said. "And, when the shooters are hitting their shots, that opens up things for me."
Merrill sank two more 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Peden, sophomore Bjorn Bergstrom and senior Joe Conrow each added a 3-point basket in the period, as the Bowmen cruised to the 85-61 victory.
"It was a good win. We've been preparing for a couple of days," Krauel said. "We had a goal to lock up their key players. Obviously, guarding the best player in the state (Guerra) in practice every day helps. We had to shut down Edidem (Essien) and a couple of their other guys."
"This was awesome," Jensen said. "We have a ton of depth. Everyone can do what they do. And it helps a lot to go against good competition in practice every day."
In addition to Krauel's 17 points, Sherwood got 15 points from Davis, coming on five 3-point baskets. Jensen had eight rebounds to go with his 13 points. Merrill scored nine points on three 3-pointers. Guerra had seven points, eight assists and three steals. Peden added seven points for the Bowmen.
Sherwood, as a team, made 33 of 67 shots from the field, with 17 3-pointers, and two of seven free-throw attempts. The Bowmen also outrebounded Century by a 36-25 margin.
"This was a good fun win. A good road win," Krauel said. "Now, we're looking for Newberg on Friday."
Junior Kealium Colburn sank five 3-pointers, and led Century with 17 points. Mugisha added 11 points for the Jaguars, and Hamnes had 10.
Century, as a team, made 20 of 49 shots from the field, with nine 3-pointers, and 12 of 13 free-throw attempts.
Both teams will be back in action on Friday. Sherwood will host Newberg, and Century will play at Liberty in conference games starting a 5:45 p.m.
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