Basketball: The Tigard girls also beat Newberg to complete doubleheader sweep
by: DAN BROOD, SHOOT FOR TWO — Tigard senior Ryan Gorton shoots for two of his game-high 24 points in the Tigers' 63-47 win over Newberg on Friday.

TIGARD - The Tigard High School boys basketball team got just what it needed - a win.

And, not only did the Tigers get that needed win, but they got it in impressive fashion.

Tigard, coming off tough, close back-to-back road losses to Canby and Tualatin, got back on the winning track by rolling to a 63-47 victory over Newberg in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Tigard High School.

'Yeah, this was important - you have no idea how much,' said Tigard senior Ryan Gorton, who topped all scorers with 24 points. 'Everyone was talking about it. We needed this so bad.'

With the win, Tigard improved to 3-2 in Pacific Conference play while also moving to 8-6 on the season. Newberg dropped to 1-4 in league games and to 4-10 on the season with the loss.

The victory for the Tigard boys came in the second game of a varsity doubleheader as part of the school's 'T-Town Throwdown' promotion. In the first game of the twinbill, played in front of a large, loud crowd, the Tigard girls posted a 70-52 win over Newberg.

In the boys' contest, Tigard had to rally from an early deficit as hot-shooting Newberg sprinted out to a quick 10-3 lead on its way to claiming a 19-13 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The visiting Tigers made eight of 13 shots from the field, including three three-point baskets in the opening period.

'We didn't have a lot of energy in the first quarter, and they made a lot of good shots,' Gorton said. 'But they only got 28 points after the first quarter.'

Tigard rallied to tie the game at 27-27 on senior Kyle Figura's four-foot bank shot coming with 1 minute and 33 seconds left in the second quarter. The homestanding Tigers then took their first lead of the game, at 30-27, on a three-point basket by senior point guard Derek Alik.

Alik then fed junior Matt Alexander who sank a last-second foul-line jumper to give Tigard a 32-27 lead at halftime.

Tigard then pulled away in the third quarter. Gorton scored 10 points in the period, sinking a pair of three-pointers in the process, to help the home team open up a 50-37 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Gorton scored seven more points in the final stanza as Tigard cruised to the 63-47 victory.

'This was an extremely important win for us,' Tigard coach Shawn Alderman said. 'We'd lost two tough ones in a row and we needed to get back on the winning track. It was a total team effort.'

Gorton scored his game-high 24 points on a 9-for-16 shooting night. He also pulled down 11 rebounds.

'I was just sick and tired of losing,' he said.

Figura added 14 points for Tigard and sophomore guard Jalen Caoile scored eight.

Tigard, for the game, made 24 of 47 shots from the field while outrebounding Newberg by a 32-18 margin.

Sophomore wing Brett Vernon led Newberg with 12 points and sophomore A.J. Grant scored 10.

In the girls game played earlier in the night, senior post Brittany Duty led Tigard to its 70-52 win with a career high 27 points.

'That's exciting, but I'm more happy about the team win,' Duty said.

Duty made 13 of 20 shots from the field and she also had 11 rebounds and a pair of steals in the win.

Tigard junior guard Corinn Waltrip had 13 points and five assists, senior post Heidi Pizer had 12 points and seven steals and junior guard Melissa Woolard had nine points, five rebounds and four assists.

Junior Cassie Swazye led the Newberg girls with 25 points.

The Tigard girls improved the league-leading Pacific Conference record to 6-1 with the victory while they also moved to 13-3 on the season. The Newberg girls fell to 2-5 in league play and to 5-11 on the season with the loss.

For complete game stories on each Tigard win, and for more photos, see the Jan. 31 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.

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