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Beaverton closes well, can't clip Cleveland

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton senior point guard Martin Tannler led the Beavers with 14 points and 5 assists against Cleveland.

The inconsistency put on display by the Beaverton boys’ basketball squad against Cleveland was reasonably standard for a team still trying to find its feet.

From time to time, and even quarter to quarter, the Beavers played forcefully on defense and conducted their motion offense with untroubled poise. That being so, there were more difficult instances like the end of the fourth quarter when the Warriors went on a 16-3 run to seize a 62-46 advantage and snatch a 62-49 win over the Beavers.

“It was just a rough day,” said junior forward Bryce Barker. “We’re kind of at an off part of our season. We just need to fix a couple things, and we’ll be good to go. We still have those first game jitters that we’re working out, but we’ll be fine. We’ll start hitting our shots, and we’ll get it.”

It was only Beaverton’s third preseason game of the season, after last week’s snowy conditions postponed two of the Beavers’ scheduled contests. In contrast, many of Beaverton’s Metro League foes had already notched five or six games under their belts.

“We’re a little bit behind most teams, but we’ll come along,” said senior guard Nate Sweet. “We just have to get back into it.”

“We’re definitely going to be a Moda Center team (for the 6A state tournament) this year,” said senior guard Nick Alonzo. “We want to be one of the top playoff teams for sure. We just have to play better team ball, not be nervous and hit those shots.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton junior guard Nate Sweet floats past a pair of Cleveland defenders for an off balance basket.

Beaverton cut a 44-35 third-quarter deficit to just 46-43 after Martin Tannler jabbed left, drove right to draw the defense and kicked the ball to Alonzo for a high-arching three with 5:57 to go in the fourth.

But, as was the case the entire night, whenever Beaverton moved within striking distance of the lead, Cleveland inched the advantage back out with its furious late-game run.

“We started making shots, and our teammates were encouraging us more,” said Alonzo. “Shooting is definitely something we key on. Three-pointers, jumpers, lay-ups, we just need to consistently make shots.”

“Our teammates and coaches motivated us to work harder,” added Sweet. “They expected more out of us than what we were showing in the first half.”

The Beavers trailed by as many as 11 points in the second quarter as Cleveland clamped down Beaverton with inflexible defense that closed down driving lanes and alleys.

However, behind the hardworking endeavors of Sweet, Sam Parker, Kiuna Talalemotu, Ty Peacock and Connor Brands, Beaverton propelled the first of two, big comeback attempts.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton senior guard Ty Peacock had 13 points against Cleveland during the Beavers loss on Tuesday.

Propelled by better defense, improved passing and enhanced finishing from inside and outside, Beaverton’s bench brought the Beavers back into the contest.

Peacock and Parker’s back-to-back three’s clipped six points off the shortage in just 1:31. Then, Peacock dropped a Warrior defender with a filthy stepback move and rolled a jumper in the tin.

Sweet’s hoop and subsequent steal before halftime helped pull the Beavers within 28-23 at halftime.

“We had more energy than in the first quarter,” said Sweet. “We tried to motivate each other and talk each other up off the bench. The bench played a big key in scoring big buckets for us.”

In the second quarter, the left-handed Tannler drove right along the baseline and put home a tough, southpaw scoop. Following a Parker corner three, Brands steered into the lane and passed the ball to Parker, who had another clear look in the corner.

Rather than take the acceptable shot, Parker turned down the attempt for a wide open try for Peacock, who canned the three from the right angle to get Beaverton within 24-19.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton senior power forward Kiuna Talalemotu puts up an offensive rebound for two against Cleveland.

“We’re a fast team that runs plays,” said Barker. “We stick to our plays, we know our plays. We run them hard and get them done.”

Peacock opened the third quarter with a backdoor layup off a sweet bounce pass from Sam Noyer and backed the hoop with another driving lay-in from the left wing to make it 30-27.

Yet, Cleveland pulled back ahead with a 6-0 run that was fueled by the Beavers bouncing bunnies off the rim, getting beaten on the glass and trouble finding lanes to penetrate.

Tannler led the Beavers with 14 points. Peacock notched 13, while Alonzo had six. Talalemotu bagged five points, and Sweet scored four for Beaverton who plays at Sprague on Thursday, Dec. 19.



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