Newberg outscores the Trojans 33-12 in the second half to improve to 11-1 this summer
Still young and inexperienced, the Newberg boys basketball team made good strides, yet also took its fair share of lumps last winter.
After a fairly smooth head coaching transition to former assistant Mark Brown, now its the Tigers who are putting the hurt on other teams, much like Newberg did Monday in a 68-41 thrashing of Wilson at McGrath Gymnasium.
Theyre coachable and thats the big thing, Brown said. Theyre doing exactly what were asking and its paying off. All the credit goes to them for just working hard and doing it together as a team.
The Tigers were trailing midway through the second quarter, but turned up the heat on defense, forcing turnovers to create fast break opportunities and overtake the Trojans to enter the break up 35-29.
During halftime, Brown emphasized coming out strong in the second half and thats exactly what Newberg did, beginning the third on a 15-3 run to go up 50-32 and take control of the game.
Usually in the second half we start out well and it just keeps going, senior center Jacoby Wolfe said. That energy just flows.
It was pretty much the same story in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers excelled in just about every phase of the game, dominating the boards, causing turnovers, shooting the ball well and passing often.
Newberg had more steals (nine) than turnovers (eight) for the game and its three guards 3/4 B.J. Ulloa, James Willcuts and junior transfer Kaden Ogles 3/4 combined to hand out 10 assists.
Hes a great addition, Brown said of Ogles. Hes coming off the bench, but hes a guy that could easily be in the starting lineup. Between him, James and B.J., thats a fun three to have.
Jacoby Wolfe led the offense with 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds, with Jake Sundquist adding 13 points.
(Wolfes) gotten a lot better even from this last year, Brown said. Hes put in a lot of work. Hes been committed to the gym. I think track helped him a lot with jumping and with footwork and a little bit of coordination and stability. Thats translated into basketball.
The win was a good response from Newberg, which lost its first game in the Metro Summer League to Tigard by five points on June 19.
We had a tough game with Tigard, but it kind of helped us, Wolfe said. It showed us we still have some things to work on.
Making Browns job easier this summer has been the teams incredible depth. Even without returning varsity contributor Kody Renne, who was playing for the Newberg baseball team Monday, all 10 Tigers played significant minutes.
Its nice that I have three solid guards that I can put at the one and two, Brown said. It doesnt matter what rotation I have. Were just trying out everything, seeing what works. We have 10 solid players that I have confidence in. Thats nice as a coach.
The Tigers will wrap up their season Thursday at Forest Grove, but wont be done for the summer. Newbergs freshmen will attend the University of Oregon team camp this weekend, with the varsity set to travel to Spokane July 17-20.
Were keeping it in perspective. It is summer league and all teams are missing guys, Brown said. This is a good league and were seeing a lot of good stuff. Were seeing some stuff we need to work on, but Im really happy with what the boys are doing.