Basketball: Tigard boys rally for victory at Canby
Drew Carter, a Tigard High School junior, finished with 25 points, including 18 in the second half at Canby.
But for the game-winner, Carter served as a decoy.
Down by one point with 10 seconds remaining, Brett Moss was wide open on an inbounds play.
The Tigard junior banked in the shot to give the Tigers a 47-46 Three Rivers League victory in the contest played Friday at Canby High School.
"I think what the defense was thinking is that we're trying to go to Drew, which is what most teams think," Moss said. "So when he is running through that screen it just takes their whole defense away and leaves the lane open."
"We thought that it was going to Drew for sure," said Canby junior Diego Arredondo, who led all scorers with 26 points. "We had our eyes there."
Canby coach Craig Evans was not surprised by the play.
"It's a good play," Evans said. "They run it a lot. We've practiced against it a lot. They ran it a couple of times earlier in the game and we stopped it, just not that time."
The Cougars had a chance to retake the lead, but the best shot they could get was an Arredondo contested fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer, which fell short.
"For some reason, we didn't cut to the hoop like we should have," Evans said. "We were supposed to spread it out and cut to the hoop. We were only down one."
The miss was rare for Arredondo, who had made tough shots all night, including a floater at the end of the second half to give Canby a 23-20 lead at halftime, and then a fadeaway jump shot at the end of the third to expand the Cougars lead to 37-30.
"The whole game, I'd made tough shots, so that was in my mind," Arredondo said. "I put it up and Ieft it short."
With the victory, Tigard improved to 3-4 in TRL play (13-6 overall), putting the Tigers in a tie with Canby for fourth place in the league standings. The Cougars moved to 9-10 on the season with the setback.
Canby led by nine points early in the fourth quarter of Friday's game when Carter began to take over.
After making back-to-back 3-pointers and then a jump shot from just inside the arc to get Tigard within 42-21, Carter took a charge on the other end.
After both teams each made two free throws, Carter was able to get into the lane for a layup to give the Tigers their first lead of the second half, 45-44, with 2:15 remaining.
"We just tried to play good defense and get some stops and try to get some good shots on offense," Carter said. "I was just trying to get a good basket."
Arredondo scored to give the lead right back to the Cougars and then Carter missed a jump shot.
But with 16 seconds remaining, Tigard freshman Kalim Brown stole Canby's inbounds pass. The Cougars were able to get a tie-up, but the jump ball went to the Tigers, setting up Moss' heroics.
"We got passive," Arredondo said of the collapse at the end. "Dealing with the press, instead of attacking, we would just pass it around and had some silly turnovers."
Both teams needed the win. Tigard entered the game 2-4 in the TRL, which included a home loss to Canby to open league play on Jan. 14.
"We did not want to lose this game," Carter said. "Unfortunately, we did not defend our home court and we wanted to come here and beat them. We're just trying to play our best as a team, and I think we're doing great."
After starting 3-0 in the TRL, the Cougars have lost four games in a row.
"We've just got to keep working," Arredondo said. "We can beat anyone in this league. I think we've shown that. We're right up there with them. We've just got to play a full game. Sometimes we play 28 minute games and those four minutes are what kills us."
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday. Tigard will host West Linn, and Canby will be home to face Lakeridge in games starting at 7:15 p.m. The Tigers' next game after that will be on Feb. 18, when they play at Lakeridge at 7 p.m.
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