Newberg sandwiches losses to Tualatin and Tigard around a road win vs. Hillsboro
The Newberg boys basketball team avenged a heartbreaking one-point loss to Hillsboro Feb. 12 to move into sixth in the Pacific Conference standings, but a loss at Tualatin the day before and a home drubbing at the hands of Tigard Friday means that is likely as high as Tigers will climb before the regular season ends next week.
Head coach Dave Browns squad had one of its most consistent offensive performances against the Timberwolves, but dug themselves an early hole and couldnt get enough defensive stops to avoid a 73-61 road loss.
Jake Sundquist drove the offense, hitting five three-pointers en route to a team-high 19 points, with Jacoby Wolfe adding 12.
Newberg was different team the following night at Hillsboro, locking down guard Tyler Fernstrom, who had run roughshod in the first match up, nailing the game winner in the final seconds of a 47-46 Spartans win Jan. 17.
This time around, Fernstrom scored just four points, two each in the first and third quarters, and the Tigers never allowed Hillsboro to score more than 13 points in any one quarter.
Holding a 23-19 advantage at halftime, Newberg exploded for 20 points in the third quarter and held on in the fourth for a much-needed 56-43 win.
Jacoby Wolfe led the team with 11 points, going 7-for-9 from the free throw line, with Sundquist adding 10 and James Willcuts eight.
Hosting league-leader Tigard, which had just dropped its first conference game of the season at McMinnville Feb. 11, the Tigers were outgunned for much of the game. That was especially true in the first and third quarters, which the visitors won by a combined score of 40-21.
Wolfe scored 11 points to lead Newberg, which also got six points apiece from Sundquist and Willcuts.
Newberg had set its sights on sweeping Forest Grove entering Tuesdays road game versus the Vikings (results unavailable at press time) and will look to avenge a home loss to rival McMinnville Friday night. The Tigers will then finish up the regular season Feb. 25 at Glencoe.