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Wolves shine in win at Hilhi


Tualatin clicks on both ends of the court in victory

by: DAN BROOD - TO THE HOOP -- Tualatin High School senior Brandon Shroyer (right) goes up to the basket against Hillsboro's Tyler Fernstrom in Friday's game. Shroyer had a big game on defense for the Wolves. HILLSBORO — The Timberwolves were running.

They were scoring.

They were playing tenacious defense.

And they won big.

The Tualatin High School boys basketball team, seemingly putting things all together with precise efficiency, ran to a 53-32 win over Hillsboro in a Pacific Conference boys basketball game played Friday at Hillsboro High School.

“We finally got back to run-and-gun tonight,” said Tualatin junior Jacob Bennett, who led all scorers in the contest with 20 points.

“We just mixed things up out there tonight,” Tualatin senior Brandon Shroyer said. “And we played great team defense.”

Hillsboro moved to 2-3 in conference play and to 4-11 at that point on the season with the setback.

With the win, its second straight, Tualatin improved to 3-2 in conference games (7-8 overall) at that point, putting the Wolves in a tie with Century for third place in the league standings.

“The team has come together,” Bennett said. “Our chemistry is really good.”

That sure seemed to show early in Friday’s game.by: DAN BROOD - ON THE MONEY -- Tualatin junior Jacob Bennett sank five three-pointers in the first half of Friday's game at Hillsboro.

Tualatin sophomore Danté Reid scored on a 13-foot jump shot to give Tualatin a 2-0 lead with 6 minutes and 45 seconds left to play in the first quarter. That seemed to ignite the fuse for the Wolves.

Senior guard Joey Fishback and sophomore Luke Osborn each added baskets for Tualatin. And Bennett put on a shooting show, making three long-range three-pointers in a span of 2:07, helping Tualatin open up a 15-1 lead with 1:53 left to play in the opening period.

Tualatin took a 17-3 lead into the second quarter, and kept rolling from there.

Bennett sank two more long-range bombs in the period. That gave him five three-pointers in the first half, with all five of those shots hitting just the bottom of the net.

“I don’t know,” Bennett said with a smile. “Maybe it was the banana I ate this morning.”

Shroyer and Tualatin junior Steven Shockloss each added a three-point basket in the second quarter, helping the Wolves sprint out to a 36-12 halftime lead.

In the near-perfect first half, Tualatin made 14 of 25 shots from the field, with seven three-pointers, while having just three turnovers. Meanwhile, the Timberwolf defense helped force the Spartans into a 4-for-16 shooting half and 12 first-half turnovers.

“We had a different look on offense, and we were patient,” Bennett said. “We played strong on defense and we had guys crashing the boards.”

In the third quarter, Osborn scored four straight points and Shroyer went 1 for 2 from the foul line after coming up with a steal, helping Tualatin open up a 41-14 lead with 3:22 left in the period.

Bennett sank his sixth three-pointer of the game in the fourth quarter, and Reid scored five points in the period as Tualatin closed out the 53-32 victory.

“Before the game, coach (Rick Osborn) talked about toughness,” Shroyer said. “It’s a new mentality. It was physical out there. I liked it.”

Shroyer shined on the defensive end of the court for Tualatin in the win. He drew the main assignment of guarding Hillsboro’s top scorer, Tyler Fernstrom. Shroyer, with the help of his Tualatin teammates, held Fernstrom to just two points in the game, coming on a pair of free throws in the second quarter.

“We studied some film, and I knew we’d put Shroyer on Fernstrom,” Bennett said.

by: DAN BROOD - PRESSURE -- Tualatin junior Alexander Reid (second from left) and sophomore Nathan Senger (3) keep the heat on Hillsboro's Terell Mims (24) and Andrew Groh.“We all knew he was a good player,” Shroyer said. “I knew I’d get the call to guard him, but it was a team effort.”

Bennett, in scoring his game-high 20 points, connected on seven of 11 shots from the field, shooting at a 6-for-9 clip from three-point range. He also had three rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.

Luke Osborn added 12 points for the Wolves. Reid scored 10. Fishback had three rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with four points.

Tualatin, as a team, made 19 of 42 shots from the field in the contest while committing just eight turnovers.

Senior guard Blake Pearson led Hillsboro with 10 points.

The Spartans made 11 of 32 shots from the field in the contest.

Tualatin picked up another win on Tuesday, as it bested Century 62-47 in a game played at Century High School. Luke Osborn led the Wolves with 17 points in that game. Bennett added 14.

The Wolves will be back in action Friday when they host Glencoe in Pacific Conference game set to start at 7:15 p.m. at Tualatin High School. On Tuesday, Tualatin will travel to Forest Grove to face the Vikings in a 6:45 p.m. conference game.