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Bowmen shine in crunch time

Sherwood moves to 3-0 in league with win over Parkrose


SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School boys basketball team looked to be in good shape in its game with Parkrose.

The Bowmen, playing strong in the third quarter, took a seven-point lead into the final stanza of the Northwest Oregon Conference contest.

But, then, it happened.

The Broncos sank a trio of three-point baskets in the first 1 minute and 20 seconds of the period and, all of a sudden, the game was tied.

Did the Bowmen panic?

No, they kept their composure — and they turned to Jacob Brooks.

Brooks, a senior post, answered Parkrose’s rally by scoring 12 points in a span of 4:03 to help propel the Bowmen to a 67-56 victory in the NWOC game played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.by: DAN BROOD - FINISHING STRONG -- Sherwood senior post Jacob Brooks powers his way to the basket in Tuesday's game with Parkrose. Brooks scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Bowmen get the victory.

“We just tried to keep our composure,” Brooks said of the decisive fourth quarter. “I just got every loose ball I could and hit my free throws.”

“He was huge,” Sherwood coach Tony Merrill said of Brooks’ fourth-quarter performance. “Without him making those free throws, I don’t know what would have happened.”

Parkrose dropped to 0-3 in league play and to 2-10 on the season with the setback. Sherwood upped its NWOC record to 3-0 (8-4 overall), putting the Bowmen in a tie with Milwaukie and Sandy for first place in the league standings.

“It’s great,” Merrill said of the 3-0 start to league play. “The kids are confident and they believe in each other.”

“It’s good, but we have three big games coming up,” Brooks said. “We’ll have to step things up.”

The Bowmen got off to a bit of a rough start in Tuesday’s contest, as they turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter, which ended with Parkrose holding a 15-14 advantage.

Sherwood came back strong in the second quarter. The Bowmen took their first lead of the game, at 20-18, when senior post Alex Jones scored on a drive following a steal by sophomore Jacob Spurgeon with 5:57 left in the period.

The Bowmen would go on to open a 30-22 lead with 2:38 remaining in the period following a three-point basket by junior Alex Castaneda and a follow-up bucket by Jones.

Parkrose, with junior guard Lavell Lindsay scoring seven points in the final 2:22 of the quarter, trimmed the margin to 31-29 at halftime.

Jones and the Bowmen started to pull away again in the third quarter. Jones scored nine points in the period and Spurgeon added a three-pointer to help Sherwood take a 47-40 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Broncos storming back to open the final period. Parkrose sophomore Ras Mann Edwards sank back-to-back three-pointers to open the period. Then, after Sherwood got a basket by senior guard Zach Milligan, Parkrose sophomore Michael Hurlic buried a three-pointer from the top of the circle to tie the game at 49-49 with 6:20 remaining in the contest.

But that’s when the composed Bowmen took over again.

Brooks went 4-for-4 from the free throw line and he added a follow-up basket to give Sherwood a 55-53 lead with 5:13 left to play.

Then, after a pair of missed free throws by the Broncos, Brooks sank two more free throws and, on Sherwood’s next possession, he had another follow-up hoop to up the margin to 59-53 with 3:04 remaining.

A Brooks banks shot, coming off an assist from senior guard Jordan Skoubo gave the Bowmen a 63-55 advantage with 1:57 left in the game.

Free throws down the stretch by junior Lucas Johnson, Milligan and Skoubo helped Sherwood close out the 67-56 win.

“Every league win is a big win,” said Jones, who scored a game-high 19 points. “Any team in this league can give you a good game. And winning a close game like this will give us a confidence boost.”

Jones, who also had four rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, made seven of his 10 shots from the field.

Brooks, who was an all-state tight end for Sherwood’s state championship football team, had 14 points and five rebounds for the game. Brooks made six of seven free throws in the fourth quarter and eight of his attempts from the foul line for the contest.

“We compete in free throws every practice,” Jones said with a smile.

Spurgeon scored nine points and he had a pair of steals. Johnson added seven points.

Sherwood, as a team, made 20 of 43 shots from the field and 24 of 31 free throw attempts.

Lindsay paced Parkrose with 14 points.

Prior to the win over Parkrose, Sherwood posted a 65-50 win over St. Helens in a league game played at St. Helens High School. Skoubo and Jones each scored 14 points in that contest.

The Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they play at Sandy in a league game set to start at 7:15 p.m. On Tuesday, Sherwood will play at Milwaukie in a 7:15 p.m. league contest.



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