Tigers put on one of their most efficient offensive outings of the year

Forest Grove was unlucky to host Newberg on the night that the Tigers put on one of their most efficient offensive outings of the year.

The Vikings fell 69-41, and dropped to 0-4 in Pacific Conference play.

Michael Garcia hit four triples in the first half for the Vikings, but was held to 14 points for the game after the Tigers switched to a 2-3 zone defense that shut him down in the final two quarters.

'I thought with our size we'd get zoned a bunch more this year, but Newberg is the first that's put much zone on us,' Forest Grove head coach Greg Evers said. 'We worked on it in practice, but game and practice are two different things.'

The home team again struggled defensively, and the Tigers made the most of their chances, with Darnell Adams and standout sophomore Gabe Taylor teaming up for 35 points.

'Our defense has been a little bit of an issue all year, but they shot the ball very well,' Evers said. 'We left some guys wide open and they got some pretty good looks at it.'

'Our goal going in was to hold (Taylor) in check,' Evers said. 'He had 16, so that's well below his season average, but the problem was his role-playing teammates did a pretty good job.'

'We're scratching and clawing to find an identity,' Evers said. 'Our big thing recently in practices has been trying to play as competitively as possible. We just want to get back to playing hard. It was real disappointing (on Friday) because defensively, I thought we were flat-footed a bunch. It showed in their shooting percentage.'

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