Beavers survive Spartan comeback
BOYS BASKETBALL: Hillsboro outscores Beaverton 33-14 in the final quarter but falls 69-65
HILLSBORO - Beaverton's boys basketball team went old school in its non-league matchup on Friday, battling former Metro League foe Hillsboro in another memorable contest at Hillsboro High School.
The Beavers (2-1) dominated Friday's game for three quarters against the Spartans (3-1), now a member of the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference, taking a 23-point lead into the fourth quarter at 55-32. But Hillsboro got 15 fourth-quarter points from senior guard Nick Schultens and cut the Beavers' lead to as little as three points at 65-62 before Beaverton pulled away at the free throw line to win 69-65.
"I think the first couple of 'threes' (Shultens) hit were open, ... but the last few he just hit 'em in people's faces," said Beaverton senior David Mabry, who finished with 11 points. "He couldn't miss. He was on fire and there really wasn't anything we could do about that."
In all, Schultens scored 20 of his team-high 24 points in the second half, but Beaverton countered with another big game from its leading scorer, junior wing Ryan Meehan. Meehan poured in a game-high 31 points and played a big role in his team's fourth-quarter success at the foul line. There, Meehan hit four straight chances, and as a team, the Beavers converted 10 straight in the final 1 minute, 10 seconds to salt their win away.
"They could play 6A with anybody. They're a tough team," Meehan said of the Spartans. But "once we got in our groove, we were playing pretty well together."
For a complete game story and more photos, see Thursday's edition of the Beaverton Valley Times.