Basketball: Determined Tigard fights off David Douglas
The David Douglas High School boys basketball team was definitely full of intensity and energy.
But, when it all came down to, Tigard had one big thing going for it — determination.
And the Tigers turned their determination into a clutch postseason victory.
Tigard, refusing to see its season come to an end, rallied in the second half to get a 69-62 win over the Scots in a Class 6A state playoff first round game played Wednesday, March 4, at Tigard High School.
"I did not want to lose," said Tigard junior wing Drew Carter, who scored 27 of his game-high 34 points in the decisive second half. "All of us did not want to lose. We didn't want to lose at home, and we just wanted to advance."
"We kept at it, we kept our intensity up and we played as a team," said Tigard senior post Dylan Berg, who gave the Tigers a spark off the bench, scoring 13 points. "We just worked as a team, we played together and we came out with a win."
With the win, Tigard, the No. 4 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 12 team in the final OSAA power rankings, improved to 16-9 on the season.
"Every team is bringing it, and every game is a big game," Carter said. "It's the playoffs, it's survive and advance, and we did that."
"This was amazing," Berg said. "It was so much fun."
The Tigers also advance to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, where they'll face Central Catholic in a game to be played Saturday at Central Catholic High School.
David Douglas, the No. 5 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, and the No. 23 team in the power rankings, finished its season with a final overall record of 12-13.
"At the beginning, we had some trouble," said David Douglas junior guard Trenton Templeton, who led the Scots with 17 points. "But, as a team, we all worked together, every practice, every game, it seemed like we got better, and closer as a team."
David Douglas, which fell 74-48 at Tigard in a game played back on Dec. 7, showed that it was ready for the rematch.
Templeton, scoring on back-to-back drives to the hoop, gave the Scots a 16-13 lead with 2 minutes and 50 seconds left to play in the first quarter.
Tigard, getting three straight points from Berg, and a buzzer-beating 3-point basket from Carter, rallied to take a 19-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Tigers tried to carry their momentum into the second quarter. Berg scored seven points in the first 3:14 of the period, including a 3-pointer, coming off an assist from freshman Malik Brown, giving Tigard a 28-20 advantage with 4:46 left before halftime.
But David Douglas came roaring back — in a very big way. Templeton, sinking a 3-pointer from the left corner, ignited a 12-0 run by the Scots. Sophomore guard Josiah Collins scored three points during the run, and senior guard Jermaine Robinson scored six points during the scoring spree, including back-to-back layups, which capped off the run, giving David Douglas a 32-28 lead with 2:31 left in the quarter.
Carter sank a pair of free throws with 28.8 seconds in the half to end the Scots scoring run, but David Douglas answered with a layup by junior post Nissir Pedraza, coming off a pass from Collins with three seconds left in the period, giving the Scots a 34-30 halftime advantage.
"We weren't the same team from the beginning of the season," Templeton said. "We were constantly improving, right up to this game. We were just out-hustling the other team."
The Scots kept control throughout the first part of the third quarter. They took their biggest lead of the game, at 45-36, when Templeton sank a 3-pointer with 4:49 left in the period.
But that seemed to wake up the determined Tigers.
Carter scored on a drive, Tiger junior Edward Beglaryan added a follow-up hoop and Carter added a layup off a pass from senior Steven Long to quickly cut the David Douglas lead to 45-42.
Tigard, getting a 3-point play from Carter, followed by a 3-point basket by Berg, would reclaim the lead, at 48-47, with 57 seconds left in the period.
David Douglas would momentarily regain the lead, at 50-48, when junior Emanuel Muange sank a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining in the quarter. But Carter would score five unanswered points to end the period, including a 3-pointer with three seconds on the clock, giving Tigard a 53-50 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Carter was the catalyst of the Tigard rally, as he scored 16 points in the final 5:20 of the third quarter.
"He's our leader," Berg said of Carter. "He's always like that, always has been."
Carter scored seven more points in the first 2:25 of the fourth quarter, while junior Jake Wihtol and Long each sank a free throw, giving the Tigers a double-digit advantage, at 62-52 with 4:26 left in the game.
But persistent David Douglas didn't give up. The Scots trimmed the lead to 63-60 when Robinson went 2 for 2 from the free-throw line with 1:01 left to play.
But Tigard, with Carter, freshman Kalim Brown and senior Brett Moss hitting free throws down the stretch, was able to pull away in the final minute to get the 69-62 win.
"We tried to get our intensity up. They had been outworking us a little bit, we played really good defense and got some transition points," Carter said. "The defense was really big. We kind of struggled with that in the beginning, but that's something we can take and work on."
In addition to his 34 points, Carter also had a pair of blocked shots on the defensive end of the court. Berg had a strong game rebounding to go with his 13 points.
"It felt amazing, being able to provide for my team," Berg said. "It was good."
Long added seven points and five rebounds for the Tigers. Beglaryan had five points and five rebounds. Moss had three points, four rebounds and three steals.
Tigard, as a team, made 19 of 48 shots from the field, with eight 3-pointers, and 23 of 35 free-throw attempts.
"This was great. It was a good first-round win," Carter said. "Hats off to David Douglas. They're a good team, and they played hard."
In addition to Templeton's 17 points, the Scots also got 13 points from Robinson, 10 from Collins and six each from senior Dakota Lohmeier and Pedraza.
"I thought we did pretty good, especially in the first half," Templeton said. "Credit to Dakota for taking a couple charges, and the leadership from Jermaine. Our seniors came it and did it tonight. It was a big game for us, so we brought everything we had. It was a good experience, it was a good game."
Central Catholic, the No. 3 team out of the Mt. Hood Conference, and the No. 5 team in the OSAA power rankings, is 18-7 on the season. The Rams opened the playoffs with a 68-49 win over Canby.
"Hopefully, we can take care of it on Saturday," Berg said of the upcoming second-round contest. "We just need to keep going at it, have some good practices, and then, Saturday, go to work."
"We just have to prepare well, and we're going to bring it," Carter said.
The winner of Saturday's second-round game at Central Catholic will advance to the Class 6A state tournament, which starts March 12 at the University of Portland's Chiles Center.
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