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Numbers add up to big Tualatin win


The Wolves score 102 points and force 47 turnovers in victory over Glencoe

HILLSBORO — Numbers.

Sometimes they mean a lot. Sometimes they don’t mean much at all.

For example, when the Tualatin High School boys basketball team faced Glencoe on Friday, the Crimson Tide shot at a blistering 72.5 percent from the field.

As it turned out, that number meant squat.

Here are the important numbers from that game — Tualatin scored 102 points and took 85 shots from the field; Glencoe had 47 turnovers and took 40 shots from the field.

Put those numbers together and they add up to an impressive win for the Timberwolves.by: DAN BROOD - SPLIT THE ZONE -- Tualatin High School senior Scott Allred drives between a pair of Glencoe defenders in Friday's game. Allred had eight steals, including five in the first two minutes, in the 102-67 victory.

Tualatin, running and shooting on offense and putting on constant, swarming pressure on defense, sprinted to a 102-67 win over the Crimson Tide in a Pacific Conference game played Friday at Glencoe High School.

“When they’re shooting 70 percent, and we’re still winning big, it shows how important those turnovers are,” said Tualatin senior guard Scott Allred, who had eight steals in the victory. “I was impressed that we still scored more than 100 points (for the fifth time this season) with a terrible shooting night.”

Glencoe fell to 2-5 in league play and to 4-13 on the season at that point with the setback. Tualatin improved to 6-1 in Pacific Conference play (11-5 overall), putting the Wolves in second place in the league standings, one game behind first-place Tigard.

The game also marked Tualatin’s fourth straight victory since it fell 79-58 at Tigard back on Jan. 11.

“We know we have to get better every week,” Tualatin senior Connor Scott said. “After Tigard throttled us, we picked up the intensity in practice. Every day we practice hard to get better.”

That said, the Wolves already look pretty formidable — just ask Glencoe.

The Wolves, behind their aggressive defense, sprinted out to a quick advantage in Friday’s game. Allred came up with five steals in the first two minutes of the contest. That led to six points by Scott and a basket each by Allred and junior Taylor Boos — and a 10-0 Tualatin lead with 6 minutes and 16 seconds left in the first quarter.

“It all starts with the two guys up front,” Allred said of his bevy of steals. “We just figure out which way they’re going.”

Tualatin senior guard Randall Tainer scored nine points in the first quarter, capping things off with a buzzer-beating 12-foot jumper, helping the Wolves take a 29-13 lead into the second quarter.

Tualatin seemed to set the tone of the game in the opening period, forcing Glencoe into 15 turnovers in the quarter.

The Wolves kept rolling early in the second quarter. Senior C.J. Michael scored on a layup off a pass from senior Junior Okon and he added a free throw soon after. Senior Jon Fishback and Tainer followed with back-to-back baskets, giving the Wolves a 36-13 lead with 6:22 left in the half.

Glencoe rallied late in the period. The Crimson Tide got three baskets from junior Kyle Mincemoyer in the final 1:10 of the quarter to trim the Tualatin lead to 51-32 at halftime.

Tualatin pulled away again in the third quarter. Sophomore post Jacob Bennett scored back-to-back baskets early in the period and Michael would score six unanswered points to give the Wolves a 64-36 lead with 4:03 left in the quarter.

Bennett and sophomore Karter Cook each sank three-pointers later in the quarter, which ended with Tualatin holding a 70-49 lead.

The Wolves then really caught on fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 32 points in the period.

Junior Joey Fishback sank three three-pointers as he scored 11 points in the quarter and Bennett sank his three three-point basket of the game to help Tualatin close out the 102-67 victory.

“That was fun,” said Allred, who handles the point guard duties for the Wolves in addition to being a defensive stalwart. “We’ve sped it up this year, and I’m happy about that.”

While the Wolves have thrived in their up-tempo style of play, there may be more to the team’s success than that.

“We have great team chemistry,” Allred said.

“It’s off the charts. We’re really inspired by Jack,” Scott added, referring to injured Tualatin senior Jack McDonnell. “He’s the engine that keeps us going.”

Michael led five Tualatin players in double figures in the victory with 20 points. He also had a pair of steals and a pair of assists.

Scott had a strong overall game with 15 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Tainer had 15 points and three steals. Joey Fishback sank four three-pointers on his way to scoring 14 points. Bennett had 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. Allred had three assists and six points to go with his eight steals.

Mincemoyer led Glencoe with 17 points and junior post Shayne Rixie added 16 points for the Crimson Tide.

Tualatin picked up another league win on Tuesday as it ran past Forest Grove for a 104-75 victory in a game played at Tualatin High School.

Joey Fishback led a balanced Timberwolf scoring attack in that victory with 19 points. Tainer and Okon each scored 14 points.

Michael had 12 points and Bennett added 11. Allred and Scott each had nine points.

The Wolves will be back in action Friday when they host rival Tigard in a league showdown set to start at 7:15 p.m. at Tualatin High School. On Tuesday, Tualatin will travel to Newberg for a 7:15 p.m. league tilt.