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Wolves still figuring things out

Tualatin tipped by Parkrose at Lakeside Holiday Classic


LAKE OSWEGO — The effort sure seems to be there.

But, the Tualatin High School boys basketball team says, something is missing.

And the Timberwolves are determined to figure out what that is — and they were hoping to do that before finishing play at the Lakeside Holiday Classic.

Tualatin’s determination seemed to intensify after it fell 60-50 to Parkrose in a Lakeside Holiday Classic first-round game played Friday at Lakeridge High School.by: DAN BROOD - TO THE RIM -- Tualatin High School sophomore Danté Reid (30) drives past Parkrose junior Caleb Vandermeer and goes up to the basket to score two of his team-high 22 points in Friday's game.

“We’ve got to find something at this tournament,” Tualatin senior guard Joey Fishback said after Friday’s game. “We have to find something to hang our hat on.”

“We’re going to try and focus on defense,” said Tualatin sophomore Danté Reid, who led the Wolves with 22 points in Friday’s contest. “On offense, we need to be more productive. It will come around.”

With the setback, Tualatin fell to 1-5 on the season, at that point.

“Teams that are successful find ways to make their own breaks,” Tualatin coach Rick Osborn said. “Right now, we’re not doing that.”

Parkrose improved to 3-2 on the season, at that point, with the win.

“They hit some big shots,” Reid said.

The Broncos hits some of those big shots at the beginning of the game, including a three-pointer by junior Caleb Vandermeer, as Parkrose jumped out to a 9-2 lead with 4 minutes and 24 seconds left in the first quarter. Tualatin was forced to play catch-up the rest of the way.

The Wolves, getting a three-pointer by junior Jacob Bennett and a turnaround jumper by sophomore Luke Osborn, trimmed the lead to 11-9 with 2:42 left in the opening quarter. But Parkrose ended the period with 6-1 run to take a 17-10 lead into the second quarter.

The Broncos got a short-range jumper by sophomore Isaac Mbuyamb to start the second quarter, pushing the lead to 19-10. Tualatin quickly answered back, getting five straight points from Reid to cut the margin to 19-15 with 5:07 remaining in the first half.

The Wolves, sparked by aggressive play from senior Brandon Shroyer, started controlling the rebounds on both ends of the court and battled their way back.

A free throw by Shroyer, followed by a three-point basket from the right corner by sophomore Nathan Senger tied the game at 24-24 with 1:24 left in the second quarter.

Parkrose scored the final four points of the period to claim a 28-24 lead at the intermission.

The Broncos pushed the margin to 32-26 early in the third quarter, but Tualatin got back-to-back three-pointers from Reid to tied the game at 32-32 with 4:44 left in the period.

The Wolves would go on to take their first lead of the game, at 34-33, when Fishback went 2 for 2 from the free throw line with 2:58 left in the quarter.

Tualatin would go on to open up a 37-33 lead on a follow-up basket by Reid with 1:17 remaining in the period. But Parkrose would score the game’s next four points to tie the score at 37-37 going into the fourth quarter.

The Broncos got a three-point play from senior Treyshawn Stone to start the final stanza, and Parkrose took off from there.

Stone sank a three-pointer and then he added a foul-line jumper to give the Broncos a 47-38 advantage with 5:40 left to play.

The Broncos would go on to take their biggest lead of the game, at 51-40, on a pair of free throws by sophomore Chris Wilson coming with 4:13 left in the contest.

Tualatin tried to battle back again. Timberwolf junior guard Jeff Watts sank a three-pointer and Luke Osborn connected on a short-range jumper to trim the margin to 53-48 with 2:03 remaining.

But Parkrose outscored Tualatin 7-2 in the final 1:33 to wrap up its 60-50 victory.

“We put ourselves in a hole early and tried to get out of it,” Fishback said. “And we weren’t able to do it. We just didn’t shoot well enough.”

“We all wanted to win really bad,” Reid said. “Parkrose hit some big shots. I thought we played good defense, but, sometimes they just hit the shots.”

Reid scored his 22 points on a 6-for-10 shooting night from the field. He also had seven rebounds.

Fishback added nine points and Bennett had five points to go with eight rebounds and three steals.

Tualatin, as a team, made 15 of 56 shots from the field.

Stone led Parkrose with 30 points, with 17 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. The Broncos made 17 of 43 shots from the field.

Tualatin bounced back from the loss to post a 70-50 win over Gresham in a tournament consolation semifinal game played Saturday. Fishback led a balanced Timberwolf scoring attack in that game with 13 points. Reid added 12 points, Shroyer had 11 and Luke Osborn scored 10.

On Sunday, Tualatin won 80-54 against Putnam in the tourney consolation finals. Bennett had 15 points and 10 rebounds in that game and Luke Osborn scored 15 points in 11 minutes of action.

The Wolves will be back in action Jan. 3 when they host Clackamas in a non-league game starting at 6:45 p.m. at Tualatin High School.




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