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High school sports round-up — Unable to get over the hump late in close games, Newberg falls to Tualatin and Glencoe last week

HILLSBORO — Newberg has been playing well for longer stretches recently, but the Tigers were not able to maintain a high level of play long enough in losses to Tualatin and Glencoe last week.

Head coach Dave Brown saw his team play its best half of basketball Jan. 21 versus Tualatin, as Newberg held the visiting Timberwolves to eight second-quarter points en route to earning a 31-24 halftime lead.

Things began to unravel quickly in the second half though, as Tualatin pulled out its full-court press and began to have success attacking the Tigers’ 2-3 zone, often connecting on backdoor passes for easy baskets. by: SETH GORDON - Stout defense - A trio of Tigers attempt to wrest the ball from a Timberwolf in Tualatin's win over Newberg Jan. 21 at home.

The Timberwolves exploded for 20 points in the third quarter to seize a 44-40 lead.

A three-point play by Jacoby Wolfe, assisted by B.J. Ulloa, cut the lead to 48-47 with 4:22 to play, but Tualatin scored on its next three possessions to pull ahead 54-49 with two minutes to play and made its free throws to seal the win.

Brown said afterward that playing in such a tight contest versus the Timberwolves felt a lot better than the two blowout losses Newberg suffered a year ago.

“I told our kids after the game that we’re a real dangerous team and we’re just starting to play how we need to play,” Brown said. “They played their tails off. I can’t fault our effort at all. Now it’s just a few less turnovers and a little better execution, but we’re dangerous.”

The Tigers traveled to Glencoe Friday night, but lost a similarly close game, 66-60 to record its sixth consecutive defeat.

Newberg will host rival McMinnville in a girls-boys doubleheader, with the girl’s game tipping off at 5:45 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:15 p.m.

Boys basketball

Crosshill Christian 72, C.S. Lewis Academy 63 — The Watchmen were undone by a nine-point second quarter, which left them trailing 31-19 at the break, and were never able to gain any ground in the second half. The Jan. 21 loss dropped C.S. Lewis into a tie with the Eagles for second place in the Casco League as both teams now have two losses. Joseph Brooks led the Watchmen with 23 points.

C.S. Lewis Academy 48, N. Clackamas Christian 41 — Following a slow start, the Watchmen took a 32-30 lead into the fourth quarter Jan. 23. C.S. Lewis scored 16 points in the final quarter, using a three-pointer and two free throws from Brooks and two free throws from Matt Martin to push its advantage to eight points and held on from there. Brooks scored 20 points and Evan Hagar added 12.

C.S. Lewis Academy 51, Willamette Valley Christian 33 — Playing their third game of the week Friday night, the Watchmen (11-5, 6-2 Casco) utilized their entire bench. Martin led the effort with 19 points and Hagar scored 14.

Girls basketball

Tualatin 87, Newberg 47 — The Timberwolves proved too powerful for the Tigers, jumping out to 20-point lead at halftime Jan. 21. Tori Eichten scored a team-high 13 points for Newberg and Taylor Rarick chipped in 10.

C.S. Lewis Academy 34, Crosshill Christian 24 — Lana Friedrich and Katelyn Reimer combined to scored 26 points Jan. 21 for the Watchmen, who struggled on the offensive glass, but held the Eagles to just one point in the second and third quarters combined.

Glencoe 47, Newberg 41 — The Tigers held a six-point lead late in the third quarter, but could not make its lead stand Friday night. Newberg (5-9, 0-5 Pacific Conference) has now lost eight consecutive games.

C.S. Lewis Academy 44, Willamette Valley Christian 19 — With the win, the Watchmen (8-10, 4-4 Casco) moved within one game of fourth-place Jewell. Friedrich poured in 23 points, with Reimer adding 10 and Halah Grobey 7.

After grabbing just nine offensive rebounds versus Crosshill, C.S. Lewis hauled in 28 Friday night versus the Warriors. The Watchmen will host Jewell at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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