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Tualatin teams to host West Linn in key doubleheader, Sherwood squads travel to Forest Grove

COURTESY PHOTO: CHRIS GERMANO - Tigard High School junior Brett Moss (4) goes up for a shot during the Tigers' 84-74 win over West Linn on Tuesday. The Tigers have a bye from Three Rivers League play tonight, while the Lions will look to bounce back in a 5:45 p.m. game at Tualatin.It's crunch time for basketball teams in the Three Rivers League and Pacific Conference.

Teams are looking to close in on league titles, avenge previous losses, better their rankings or bounce back from setbacks, and it's all happening tonight (Friday).

In Three Rivers League boys basketball play, a big game is set for Tualatin tonight, as the Timberwolves host West Linn in a contest set to start at 5:45 p.m. The Lions sit in second place in the league standings right now at 6-2 (13-7 overall), while Tualatin is in third place at 4-3 (10-9 overall). Both teams are also looking to rebound from losses in their last game. The Wolves, who had a bye from league play on Tuesday, lost 59-45 at league-leading Lake Oswego last Friday. West Linn fell 84-74 at Tigard on Tuesday.

The Lions got an 82-61 home win over Tualatin in the teams' first meeting.

In other Three Rivers League boys games tonight, Lake Oswego (8-0, 12-8) will host Lakeridge (0-8, 5-14) at 7:15 p.m., and Canby (4-4, 10-10) will play at Oregon City (1-6, 10-9) at 7:15 p.m.

Tigard (4-4, 14-6), which now has a three-game winning streak in TRL play, has a bye tonight, and will next play on Tuesday, when it travels to Lakeridge for a 7 p.m. contest.

There are a pair of key games on the Three Rivers League girls basketball schedule for tonight. One of those is also set for Tualatin High School, where the Wolves will host West Linn at 7:15 p.m. The Lions, who are in first place in the league standings, are 8-1 in TRL play (14-5 overall). Tualatin, which has a five-game winning streak going, is tied with Canby for third place in the TRL standings at 6-3 (15-4 overall).

West Linn won the teams' first meeting, 67-45, in a game played Jan. 21 at West Linn High School.

The Oregon City girls, who are in second place in the TRL standings at 7-2 (15-4 overall), will host Canby (12-6 overall), at 5:45 p.m.

The Tigard girls (2-7, 3-16) will play at St. Mary's Academy (5-4, 13-7) at 7:15 p.m. In the teams' previous meeting, the Tigers took a 10-point lead to the fourth quarter, only to see the Blues rally to get a 59-53 win.

Also tonight, the Lake Oswego girls (0-9, 3-16) will host Lakeridge (2-7, 10-9) at 5:45 p.m.

In Pacific Conference boys play tonight, Sherwood, coming off a record-breaking win over McMinnville on Wednesday, face a key challenge when they play at Forest Grove at 5:45 p.m. The Bowmen, who are in first place in the conference standings at 8-0 (14-6 overall), can clinch at least a share of the conference championship with the win. Forest Grove is in fourth place in the conference standings at 4-4 (9-11 overall). Sherwood won the teams' first meeting 57-32.

In other Pacific Conference boys games tonight, Century (5-3, 10-10) will host McMinnville (0-8, 2-17) at 5:45 p.m., and Liberty (3-4, 9-10) will travel to Glencoe (1-6, 5-14) for a 5:45 p.m.

In Pacific Conference girls play tonight, the Sherwood girls will play at Forest Grove in a key game starting at 7:15 p.m. The Bowmen (11-9 overall) and the Vikings (15-5) are tied for third place in the conference standings at 5-3. Sherwood won the teams' previous meeting 41-28.

In other Pacific Conference girls games tonight, league-leading Liberty (7-0, 16-3) will play at Glencoe (2-5, 6-12) at 7:15 p.m., and Century (1-7, 5-15) will be home to play McMinnville (6-2, 13-7) at 7:15 p.m.

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