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Beaverton makes big statement in rout


Beaverton crushes David Douglas in Les Schwab Invitational

TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton junior post Beau Sheeran had 20 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in the Beavers blowout win over David Douglas in the Les Schwab Invitational.

Rightful retribution in the eyes of the Beaverton basketball team has been achieved.

Facing David Douglas — who beat the young Beavers 68-62 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs last season — in the consolation bracket of the Les Schwab Invitational on Monday at Liberty High, Beaverton bludgeoned the Scots because of one blissful third quarter of selfless basketball and an overall browbeating on the boards for an 85-56 trouncing.

Granted, David Douglas graduated 10 seniors off last year's team that was ousted by Lakeridge in the second round of the postseason. Yet, the Scots still trotted out a future D1 guard in Charles Jones and a couple of rotation players turned starters who were smacked around by the invigorated Beavers.

“We wanted to prove something to them and get some revenge,” said Beaverton junior small forward Nolan Bertain. “We put in a lot of work over the summer: working in the weight room, working on our games. We've been working really hard in practice. We've improved a lot, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

“This showed our growth and how much we've matured as a team,” added Beaverton junior power forward Hunter Sweet.

Beaverton — who was on the rise last year with an underclassmen-heavy roster — looked leaps-and-bounds better on Monday dissecting the Scots with clinical offensive execution that merited Class 6A state tournament talk while marrying its 85-point explosion with a salty 2-3 zone that devoured David Douglas' shooters and collapsed on any Scot who dared drive the lane.

TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton junior Nolan Bertain hoists a three-point shot from the left wing against David Douglas.

Of the Beavers' 29 field goals 22 were assisted, as Beaverton unselfishly shuttled the basketball to the open guy to get not good, but great shots continually until the Scots were six feet under in the second half. The Beavers shot 56% percent from the field, doubled up David Douglas on the glass 48-24 and made 20-21 free throws on the afternoon.

“When we're rolling like that we're really tough to stop,” said Beaverton junior point guard Cole Johanson.

Ahead 38-31 at the half, Beaverton scored on six of its first seven possessions to begin the second half on its way to 31 third quarter points. Of Beaverton's 10 third quarter field goals, eight were assisted as the Beavers outscored David Douglas 31-14 to take a commanding 69-45 lead into the fourth. Bertain caught a lob from Johanson to begin the third, then senior Niko Bevens buried a three from right wing. Beau Sheeran bowled inside for two, then Bertain found a trailing Sweet for two in transition, Johanson pulled up for a 15-foot jumper in transition and Beavens scooped home a finger roll to give Beaverton a 51-36 lead. Beaverton got up by as much as 67-40 in the third.

Beaverton looked like it was in midseason form on Dec. 28, which according to Johanson is no coincidence. The Beavers' starting five of Johanson, Bertain, Sweet, Sheeran and Beavens all played spring and fall league games together in the offseason and forged a seamless rapport that's paid early dividends in non-league action. Johanson, Bertain and Sweet had all success as sophomore standouts last year and they've quickly and rather easily integrated Sheeran (who played JV last season) and Beavens (a transfer from Westview).

TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton junior power forward Hunter Sweet had seven points and eight rebounds against David Douglas in the Les Schwab Invitational.

“We've already developed that chemistry, so that's why you see us playing well now because we've been playing together all offseason,” said Johanson. “A lot of teams don't have the chance to do that, so it's been great. We can kind of set of tone and make a statement to the Metro League.”

Sheeran made a personal declaration of sorts himself, breaking out to the tune of 20 points and 14 rebounds with a pair of blocks. If the 6-foot-7 junior can play at a consistent clip, act as a suitable inside presence against bigger teams like Southridge and exploit smaller foes down low Beaverton with Bertain (20 points), Beavens (14 points) and Sweet (8 points 7 rebounds) handling the perimeter duties could very well be the team to beat in Metro.

“If he's open, he can go to work,” said Bertain of Sheeran. “He's improved a lot over the summer. Compared to last year he's gotten stronger and his post moves have gotten better. I was impressed with him today.”

Bertain and Johanson said head coach Andrew Vancil preaches coming out strong in the first five minutes of the second half, something the Beavers followed to the letter by playing cohesive, team-first basketball while pounding the glass and getting successive stops on defense.

“We wanted to put our name on that game,” said Bertain. “Our whole team is full of unselfish guys. We care more about the win than getting our individual points. I'd rather get (Sweet) the ball if he's hot. If I'm hot, I know (Sweet) will get me the ball. That goes for our entire team. We've kind of molded that bond over the years.”

TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton junior wing Jamie Sweatman had a game-high seven assists to go along with seven rebounds versus David Douglas.

“No one is looking to get their stat line up, they're just looking to get the win however it is,” added Sweet. “This team is on the right path. I think we can do something special this year.”

Johanson said Beaverton has a plethora of “smart” basketball players, guys who understand Vancil's expectations and how to execute on both ends of the floor. Never was that acumen more apparent than in the third when the ball flowed and rarely stuck in the hands of one Beaver. The open man was always pinpointed and more times than not the ensuing shot after the pass found the net. And, while Beaverton's starting lineup starred as expected, the efforts of Carson Crawford (7 points 3 assists), Wyatt Christophersen (6 points, 3 assists) and Jamie Sweatman (a team-high 7 assists and 6 rebounds) off the bench were also noteworthy in the altruistic rout.

“We've all played a lot of basketball and we're really unselfish,” said Johanson. “When you have guys like (Bertain, Beavens and Sweet) who are all great scorers it can easily turn into a one-on-one game. But, we've stayed unselfish and that's really going to help us against teams that have one player who takes all the shots.”