No. 2 Wilsonville overwhelms Hillsboro
In the second matchup between league foes, it was about as lopsided as it can get. Northwest Oregon Conference (NWOC) powerhouse Wilsonville took on the struggling Hillsboro Spartans Wednesday, Feb. 6. Once again, the Wildcats got the job done. Wilsonville dominated the road team 81-35 en route to its 11th consecutive victory.
The first quarter saw Wilsonville establish itself in the paint, getting many strong looks at the basket from up close. Wilsonville junior Keegan Shivers had 11 points in the quarter and of his five baskets, only one came from beyond the arc. Fellow junior Dakota Reber was also outstanding in the first eight minutes, nabbing 6 points and a steal to boot. At the end of the first quarter, Wilsonville led by 20 points, 29-9.
The Wildcats further separated themselves from the Spartans in the second quarter. Shivers and Reber expanded the team's range, each grabbing a 3-pointer in the quarter. Senior Jack Roche also took a stab at the deep ball, launching a shot from just inside the half court mark but narrowly missing.
At the half, Wilsonville led 46-16. Shivers had 13 points in the half, Roche had 12, and Reber had 8 in the first 16 minutes.
After establishing a workmanlike offense in the first half, Wilsonville picked right back up where it left off. Roche got things started in the second half with a 2-pointer, and then Shivers went to work inside, scoring three straight buckets and converting on an and-one play. Junior Gabe Reichle also got in on the scoring, nailing three baskets in the quarter, including a 3-point buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter. Wilsonville led 68-27 heading into the final frame.
Now over 40 points ahead, Wilsonville head coach Chris Roche subbed in several of his bench players to get valuable court time, and they made the most of it. Junior Andrew Classen picked up eight points in the quarter, and senior Grant Irby and sophomore Cason Dougall each had a bucket of their own. When the final horn blew, Wilsonville had won 81-35.
Wilsonville's Shivers led the team on the night with 21 points and 7 rebounds, followed by Roche with 16 points, Reichle with 13 points, and Reber with 12. The team as a whole shot over 50 percent from the field, going 34-of-61, including shooting 7-of-21 from beyond the arc. Of those 34 baskets, Wilsonville recorded assists on 25 of them, with Roche and Reichle having seven and six of them, respectively.
As the Wildcats (9-0 in NWOC play, 18-2 overall) look ahead to the end of the league, there are still notable hurdles in the way before the regular season wraps up. First is a road game against No. 8 ranked La Salle (6-3 in NWOC play, 13-7 overall) Tuesday, Feb. 12. Rounding out the season is another pair of top ranked teams. In the penultimate contest, Wilsonville welcomes 12th ranked Putnam (5-4 in NWOC play, 9-7 overall) on Friday, Feb. 22. In the league finale, Wilsonville rematches No. 7 Parkrose (7-2 in NWOC play, 16-3 overall) Tuesday, Feb. 26.