Boys basketball: Wilsonville clinches NWOC title
With three games still remaining, Wilsonville has already clinched the NW Oregon Conference championship.
The Wildcats did so with a dominating 88-28 victory over Scappoose last Tuesday to improve to 11-0 in league play.
"We played really well," Wilsonville coach Chris Roche said. "I'm very happy, because we prepared well and showed Scappoose the proper respect in terms of getting ourselves ready to go and put forth a great effort. Scappoose is very improved this year, and their coach Matt Humphreys does a really good job. They have come a long, long way since he took over."
Wilsonville raced out to a 23-6 lead by the end of the first quarter and led the Indians 50-13 at halftime.
"I think we kind of caught them on the "right night" for us, and although we started a little slow, we really got going, pressured the ball well, and were able to get out in the open court and make some plays," Roche said. "I was especially proud of how well we defended and also how we took great care of the ball. Those are really important things for us, and tonight we were good in those areas."
Senior Dakota Reber posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Five Wildcats scored in double figures. Keegan Shivers finished with 16 points. Andrew Classen added 14. Riley Scanlan and Gabe Reichle had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
"We also shared the ball," Roche said. "You don't always see that with teams, but tonight we really made the extra pass a bunch. Everybody was involved and contributing. That's not only a more fun way to play, but also makes you tougher to defend, when you have such good balance. We have some very unselfish guys, and that was fun to see tonight."
The Wildcats finished the game with six dunks, highlighted by a left-handed windmill from Reber.
Thirteen Wilsonville players got on the court and 10 scored in the blowout.
"That's nice because it doesn't happen all the time," Roche said. "And I thought a whole bunch of guys were ready to play, excited for their opportunities, whatever shape they took tonight."
The Wildcats had Friday off as it prepares for the end of the regular season.
Wilsonville's final home game is Tuesday, March 3 against Parkrose.
"We just want to keep working at getting better, hopefully continue to get healthier, and gear up for what is a very tough stretch to finish league," Roche said. "With the league championship secured, something we feel great about and are proud of, we are still fighting for the best seed we can earn for the playoffs. And we just want to keep working on things, keep getting better. So we have many reasons to be motivated and hungry here as we enter the final two weeks of the season. Lots of challenges, but it should be fun. We are enjoying it all."
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