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Tigers turn things up a notch

Tigard pulls away from Newberg in league opener


by: DAN BROOD - WINNING SMILE -- Tigard senior Conner Olson smiles as he gets up off the hardwood after battling for a loose ball in the Tigers' win over Newberg.NEWBERG — The Tigard High School boys basketball team held the lead at halftime.

In fact, the Tigers had a double-digit cushion, as they claimed a 28-17 advantage over Newberg at the break.

But they weren’t satisfied with their play.

So they were looking to take things up a level in the second half.

Mission accomplished.

Tigard, turning up its efficiency in the final two quarters, sprinted to a 71-41 win over Newberg in a Pacific Conference opener played Friday at Newberg High.

“We were disappointed with our first half,” Tigard senior Conner Olson said after the game. “But we were fired up in the second half. We got out and ran and we had a lot of energy.”

“We were complacent at the start,” said Tigard senior guard Evan Garrison, who scored 16 points in the win. “We can’t do that. But we had a lot of energy in the second half.”

Newberg dropped to 0-10 on the season at that point with the loss. Tigard upped its season record to 4-7, but, more importantly to the Tigers, the win gave them a 1-0 start to Pacific Conference play.

“That’s exactly where you want to be,” Tigard coach Shawn Alderman said.

“It’s a good start,” Olson said.

Tigard, while getting its league season off to a good start, also seemed to get off to a decent start to Friday’s game.by: DAN BROOD - ON TARGET -- Tigard High School senior Will Schaer (right) fires a pass past Newberg junior Isaac Rauch in Friday's league opener.

The visiting Tigers took a quick 2-0 lead on a follow-up shot by sophomore post Joel Johnson. Garrison then nailed a three-pointer and he followed that up with a short-range jumper to give Tigard a 7-2 lead with 6 minutes and 42 seconds left in the first quarter.

But Tigard, which shot at a 4-for-15 clip from the field in the first quarter, would only score three more points in the period, which ended with Tigard holding a 10-7 advantage.

The homestanding Tigers got closer at the start of the second period, getting a foul-line jumper from senior Bryce Schneider to cut the lead to 10-9.

But Tigard, getting a pair of three-pointers from junior guard Bryan Berg and a pair of baskets each from Garrison and junior wing Elijah Simon, pulled away to take a 28-17 halftime lead.

The fired-up visiting Tigers started the third quarter with a flurry. Johnson opened the period with a layup off a pass from Olson, who followed that up with a foul-line jumper to quickly up the margin to 32-17.

After a Newberg free throw, Tigard got another basket from Johnson and back-to-back hoops by Garrison, both coming off assists from senior Will Schaer, to take a 20-point lead, at 38-18, with 4:19 left in the period.

Olson had two more baskets in the period, including a three-pointer, Berg had two baskets and junior Nick Kaelin sank a three-pointer of his own to help Tigard up the margin to 52-28 going into the fourth quarter.

Newberg never threatened in the final stanza. Tigard went on an 8-0 run — which included baskets by Johnson, Simon and Kaelin as well as a pair of free throws by Berg — to take its biggest lead of the game, at 65-34, with 3:28 to play.

Juniors Jett Even and John Macfarlane had baskets down the stretch to help Tigard close out the 71-41 victory.

The Tigers made 17 of 25 shots from the field on their way to outscoring Newberg 43-24 in the second half.

“We shot the ball a lot better in the second half, and we flew around on defense,” Alderman said.

“We played OK on defense, but we still had some good stretches,” Olson said. “We hope to keep improving.”

“It was good to get a lot of guys in,” Garrison said. “I think the whole team is improving.’

Garrison and Berg tied for team-high scoring honors with 16 points apiece. Garrison also had six rebounds while Berg had two assists and pair of steals.

Olson scored nine points. Johnson had eight points to go with nine rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. Simon also scored eight points.

Schneider paced Newberg with 16 points.

Tigard picked up another league victory on Tuesday as it triumphed 58-53 over Glencoe in a game played at Tigard High School.

Garrison scored 18 points in that contest and Berg had 17.

The Tigers will be back in action Friday when they host rival Tualatin in a league game set to start at 7:15 p.m.

“I’ve been looking forward to that one for months,” Garrison said.

On Tuesday, Tigard will play at McMinnville at 7:15 p.m.




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