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Gabe Reichle scored final 14 points of first half, finished with 25 in NWOC win

PMG PHOTO:DEREK WILEY - Wilsonville senior Gabe Reichle scored 25 points against Hillsboro Friday.

Hillsboro gave Wilsonville a game for about a quarter and a half Friday.

But then Gabe Reichle took over.

The Wilsonville senior scored the final 14 points of the second half and finished with a game-high 25 as the Wildcats rolled over Hillsboro 76-42 to improve to 2-0 in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

"Things weren't really going our way in the beginning of the game, so that motivated us," Reichle said. "We wanted to break it out and get going up and down the court."

Hillsboro, playing without seniors Nate Smith and Kane Kiaunis, trailed just 19-18 with four minutes remaining in the second quarter.

"We just came in with the mindset that we would have no fear," Hillsboro coach Mark Ganter said. "I told the guys everyone is going to play and this is an audition to see where you're at against one of the elite teams in the state."

Started by a 3-pointer from Wilsonville senior Andrew Classen, the Wildcats closed the second half on a 19-1 run to lead 38-19 at halftime.

"I think it all started on defense," Reichle said. "We locked in and we started getting layups and great shots. That fueled it."

A steal and breakaway dunk by Reichle extended the Wildcats lead to 55-25.

Wilsonville outscored the Spartans 26-10 in the third quarter.

"We weren't prepared to play defense," Wilsonville senior Riley Scanlan said of the Wildcats slow start. "Our offense has never been much of a struggle, but our defense turns into our offense and once we get stops then everything starts to flow."

Scanlan, who had 12 points and nine rebounds, was one of five Wilsonville players to score in double digits.

Logan Thebiay posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Dakota Reber had 11 points. Classen added 10 points in the rout.

Wilsonville senior Keegan Shivers missed the game with a muscle strain in his leg, but his presence could still be felt from the bench.

"He definitely played a big role leading our guys," Reichle said. "He had energy on the bench and got us motivated. He was talking to us during timeouts."

Senior Finlay Dunn started in Shivers absence and recorded four points, three assists and two rebounds in 27 minutes.

Junior Cason Dougall was also out with a concussion.

"I'm hoping we can get healthy soon," Wilsonville coach Chris Roche said. "We've only had four games where we've had everybody. We've been lucky that way in the past. I think it can make you better because we're playing more guys, but we need to get everybody back and get going hopefully as soon as we can because it's challenging without your (whole) team there."

Friday's game was Wilsonville's first at home after playing in tournaments in Salem, Hillsboro and California.

The Wildcats won 65-44 at St. Helens on Tuesday to open league play.

"We didn't come out with a whole lot of energy in that game," Reichle said. "But they played a great game. Credit to them."

Hillsboro sophomore Logan Jackson scored 18 points to lead the Spartans at Wilsonville.

"Dakota was on him most of the time and you could tell he (Jackson) wanted to do a little something," Ganter said. "Him being a sophomore and Dakota being one of the best players in the state at any level, he played good."


Derek Wiley
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