Wilsonville wins at La Salle, Scappoose
Shorthanded during finals week, Wilsonville won two road games to improve to 4-0 in the Northwest Oregon Conference.
Missing Keegan Shivers, Cason Dougall and Hiro Kondo, all out with injuries, the Wildcats squeaked out a 48-45 win at La Salle Prep last Tuesday.
Down by six points, 41-35, early in the fourth quarter, Wilsonville went on a 10-0 run to take the lead.
Tied 45-45, senior Dakota Reber then buried a game-winning 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining.
"It was a great play by Dakota, who came up big for us all night," Wilsonville coach Chris Roche said. "He was a monster, and he came up big when it mattered most for us."
Reber finished with 26 points and seven rebounds. Senior Gabe Reichle added 12 points and three assists.
Sophomore post Logan Thebiay gave the Wildcats a lift down the stretch with two buckets along with a blocked shot and two rebounds.
While Dougall returned Friday night at Scappoose, Wilsonville was again without Shivers and Kondo, as well as Kellen Hartford.
"The injuries are challenging, particularly having somebody as central to what we do as Keegan out," Roche said. "Hopefully, we will be at full strength soon. But, in the meantime, we have done a good job of weathering the storm. The guys are working hard, and I think some guys who have had increased opportunities are gaining confidence and playing better. This could be a plus for our depth in the long-run, but we look forward to being at full strength as soon as possible."
The Wildcats cruised past Scappoose 61-28.
Already up 26-10 at halftime, Wilsonville outscored the Indians 21-5 in the third quarter.
Andrew Classen led the Wildcats with 17 points. Reber posted a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds.
"The Scappoose game was much better in terms of our preparation, focus and energy, and we defended and played very well for just about the whole game," Roche said. "We showed some competitive maturity and looked more relentless on defense than we have been recently."
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