The Tualatin High School boys basketball team played hard.
The Timberwolves played strong defense.
But they just didn't get enough shots to go in.
Tualatin saw its season come to an end with a 52-44 loss to Mountainside in a Class 6A state playoff first-round game played March 4 at Mountainside High School.
"We played a tough defensive game the entire night," Tualatin coach Todd Jukkala said. "We just had a hard time making shots in the second half."
With the win, Mountainside, the No. 2 team out of the Metro League, and the No. 8 team in the final OSAA power rankings, improved to 21-4 on the season, to that point. The Mavericks also advanced to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, where they fell to West Linn, 68-50, on Saturday.
Tualatin, the No. 3 team out of the Three Rivers League, and the No. 25 team in the final power rankings, finished its season at 13-12.
"Overall, this season was one to be proud of considering our youth and untimely injuries," Jukkala said. "We competed hard every game and learned how to play together as the season developed."
Senior John Miller led the way for the Wolves in the playoff game at Mountainside with 12 points. He also had seven rebounds. Senior Sam Noland added 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Sophomores Noah Ogoli and Malik Ross each scored six points for Tualatin. Seniors Bret Robert and Jeremy Lund each scored five.
For Mountainside, senior Bennett Giebels scored 13 points. Senior Andrew Ingalls added nine points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks. Senior Grayson Rowell scored seven points.
The loss marked the final high school game for Tualatin seniors Noland, Miller, Robert and Lund.
"Our seniors did a great job of guiding our team to a winning season and a playoff appearance," Jukkala said. "Our team and program will miss them going forward."
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