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Bowmen come up just short

Boys basketball: Sherwood can't get the victory in back-and-forth contest at Hillsboro
by: DAN BROOD, IN THE AIR — Sherwood senior Travis Lutes spins toward to the basket as he completes a drive to the hoop in the Bowmen’s game at Hillsboro on Friday.

HILLSBORO - The Bowmen say they just need to get over the hump.

And they nearly did it Friday night at Hillsboro.

The Sherwood High School boys basketball, going into the game looking to get its first league win, was edged 53-48 by the Spartans in the Northwest Oregon Conference contest played at Hillsboro High School.

'We're disappointed in the way it came out, but we looked a lot better than before,' said Sherwood senior guard Travis Lutes, who scored 17 points in the contest. 'We just need to get that first league win. We need to put together a full game.'

With the win, Hillsboro improved to 3-0 in league play and to 9-5 on the season at that point. Sherwood dropped to 6-7 on the season and to 0-3 in NWOC games to that point.

'We've had a couple of tough ones,' Sherwood coach Brian Burke said. 'It's been frustrating. We need to get over the hump, but we've got 11 games left to get better.'

The Bowmen got off to a strong start in Friday's game at Hillsboro, especially on the defensive end of the court. The Spartans made just two of 11 shots from the field in the first quarter against the Bowmen's pressure defense.

Meanwhile, with senior Connor Rumpf connecting on a three-pointer and also scoring on an alley-oop layup off an inbounds pass, the Bowmen held a 10-5 lead at the end of the opening period.

Sherwood would go on in the second quarter to open up its biggest lead of the game, at 18-9, when senior Ian Donovan scored on a layup from Rumpf following a steal.

But Hillsboro, behind the play of junior post Charles Mosley, would cut the advantage to 24-18 at halftime.

Sherwood came out strong again to start the third quarter. Lutes scored back-to-back baskets, getting the first following an offensive rebound and kickout pass from senior Jordi Tabert, to up the Bowmen lead to 33-24 with 2:45 to play in the period.

But the Spartans ended the quarter on a 9-0 run, with Mosley scoring six of those points. His two free throws with 12.8 seconds left in the period tied the game at 33-33, which was the score going into the fourth.

Hillsboro would then take its first lead of the game, at 35-33, on a pair of free throws by junior Jordan Griffith to start the third quarter. The Spartans would go on to open up a 44-37 lead on a bank shot by junior Brett Ball coming with 4:09 to play in the contest.

Now it was Sherwood's turn to rally. The Bowmen, getting a pair of free throws each from Rumpf and Lutes, cut the lead to 44-42 with 1:54 remaining. They got even closer at 46-45 when Rumpf made a three-pointer from the right side with 1:08 left to play.

After a free throw by senior Ben Lockwood gave Hillsboro a 47-45 lead, the Bowmen stormed back to grab a 48-47 lead when Lutes converted a three-point play, when he was fouled driving to the hoop for a basket, with 21.3 seconds remaining in the game.

But Hillsboro answered right back when Mosley converted a three-point play of his own, when he was fouled on a follow-up basket, giving the Spartans a 49-48 lead with 9.3 seconds left.

Then, following a pair of Sherwood turnovers, Hillsboro made four free throws in the final 2.2 seconds of the game to wrap up its 53-48 victory.

'Things didn't fall our way tonight,' Lutes said. 'But we have to feel good about our effort on defense. We've faced some good teams in league so far. Last year, we started 4-3 in league and ended up in a good position. We just want to get ourselves up there.'

Rumpf was Sherwood's leading scorer in the contest with 20 points. Lutes got 13 of his 17 points in the second half.

The Bowmen, as a team, made 17 of 41 shots from the field and 11 of 19 free throws.

Mosley led all scorers with 24 points. The Spartans shot at a 15-for-42 clip from the field and they made 21 of 27 free throw attempts.

The Bowmen were able to notch their first league victory Tuesday when they scored a 54-47 victory at Glencoe. Junior Colin Wester led Sherwood with 16 points. Lutes added 10 points and Donovan scored seven.

Sherwood will be back in action Friday when it hosts Liberty in a league game starting at 7:30 p.m.