Sherwood runs to an impressive win against Madison

by: DAN BROOD - SCOOP A LOOP -- Sherwood senior Jacob Brooks scoops the ball past Madison's Daniel Baker in Thursday's tournament game. HILLSBORO — Jordan Skoubo was boasting quite a shiner under his left eye.

It came courtesy of a teammate’s knee as they both dove for a loose ball.

But, despite the darkening, swollen, painful bump below his eye, Skoubo, a senior guard on the Sherwood boys basketball team, was smiling. He was smiling because of an impressive win for the Bowmen and also because of the promise he sees in the team.

“We’ve got a lot of potential,” Skoubo said following Sherwood’s impressive 67-61 win over Madison in a first-round game of the Century/Hillsboro Tournament, played last Thursday at Century High School. “I think we should have won by even more tonight.”

“We’ve got a lot of good players and a lot of upside,” Sherwood coach Tony Merrill said. “If we just continue to get more consistent, especially on the defensive end, I think we can be pretty good.”by: DAN BROOD - REJECTED -- Sherwood junior Jordan Kurahara (left) blocks a shot by Madison's Magic Myles.

With the victory, Sherwood upped its season record to 5-2 at that point. Madison dropped to 2-5 with the setback.

The Bowmen set the tone early in last Thursday’s tournament game against the Senators. Sherwood sophomore Jacob Spurgeon, after gathering in the opening tipoff, drilled a three-pointer to give the Bowmen a 3-0 lead just 5 seconds into the contest.

Less than a minute later, Sherwood senior post Alex Jones sank a 16-foot jumper to up the early lead to 5-0.

But Madison came battling back. The Senators took their first, and only, lead of the game, at 13-11 on a basket by junior Adam Wright coming with 2:18 left in the first quarter.

The Bowmen responded in a big way. In the final two minutes of the period, Sherwood got a follow-up bucket by junior post Jordan Kurahara, a basket on a drive to the hoop by Spurgeon, a short-range jumpers by both senior post Jacob Brooks and Kurahara to claim a 19-14 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

Sherwood also ended the second quarter with a flurry. The Bowmen, who held a 26-24 lead with 2:48 left in the period, got a layup by Brooks and a three-point play by Jones to claim a 31-24 halftime advantage.

Sherwood carried its momentum into the third quarter. Spurgeon sank a three-pointer from the right side to start the period. He added two more hoops in the quarter, including a 19-foot jumper with 4 seconds showing on the clock, to help the Bowmen take a 45-30 at the end of the period.

Madison got a free throw by junior Aubrey Stephens to start the fourth quarter, but Skoubo followed with a basket on a drive to the hoop to give the Bowmen their biggest lead of the game, at 47-31, with 7:38 remaining in the contest.

Sherwood kept a double-digit advantage throughout most of the final stanza. The Bowmen lead was at 55-40 with 3:13 remaining following back-to-back baskets by Kurahara. Skoubo scored on another drive to the basket to make the score 57-44 with 2:23 left to play.

Madison tried to rally late. The Senators got a three-point play by Wright and a three-pointer by senior Magic Myles to trim the Sherwood lead to 64-57 with 27 seconds remaining to play.

But the Bowmen, with Spurgeon going 2-for-2 from the foul line with 10.2 seconds remaining, were able to close out the 67-61 victory.

“We have a lot of good players,” Skoubo said. “We still need to fix a few things on defense. Right now, our weakness is our mental game. If we can get that taken care of, we can get going on a good roll.”

“We got the ball inside tonight and got a ton of layins,” Merrill said. “We just have to keep getting more comfortable.’

Jones led a balanced Sherwood scoring attack in the victory with 18 points on a 7-for-12 shooting night from the field. He also pulled down five rebounds.

Spurgeon and Kurahara each scored 16 points, with Kurahara also having seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Skoubo scored seven points and Brooks had six.

Sherwood, as a team, made 25 of 47 shots from the field in the win while also outrebounding Madison by a 32-29 margin.

Stephens led Madison with 18 points and senior Daniel Baker added 15 points.

The Bowmen lost their next two games of the tournament, both against Class 6A opponents, by a total of five points.

On Friday, Sherwood was edged 66-64 by Forest Grove in a tournament semifinal game. Jones scored 21 points to lead the Bowmen in that contest. Kurahara scored 12 points and Skoubo added 11.

On Saturday, Sherwood was tipped 57-54 by Gresham I the tourney third-place contest. Kurahara led the Bowmen with 22 points in that game. Skoubo scored 15 points and junior post Lucas Johnson had 10.

Sherwood will be back in action Tuesday when it opens its Northwest Oregon Conference scheduled with a 7:15 p.m. home game with Rex Putnam.

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