Sherwood's rally attempt falls short in loss to St. Helens

SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School boys basketball team suffered through a cold shooting night.

St. Helens was patient and efficient on offense.

The Bowmen worked hard, but that combination was too much for them to overcome.

Sherwood, with its fourth-quarter rally attempt coming up short, fell 50-42 to the Lions in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played Tuesday at Sherwood High School.

“We couldn’t hit our shots,” said Sherwood senior guard Jordan Skoubo, who was the game’s top scorer with 17 points. “We had a rough night shooting, and they hit their free throws. I thought we played hard, but it just wasn’t our night.”by: DAN BROOD - AIR JORDAN -- Sherwood High School senior Jordan Skoubo (5) goes up to the basket against St. Helens senior Nathan Hunter during Tuesday's game. Skoubo scored 18 points for the Bowmen.

“We didn’t shoot well and they competed very well,” Sherwood coach Tony Merrill said. “They executed and did a good job.”

St. Helens improved to 5-4 in NWOC play and to 11-8 on the season with the victory. Sherwood, which bested the Lions 65-50 in a game played Jan. 11 at St. Helens, moved to 5-4 in league games and to 10-8 on the season with the setback.

“This shows that we can’t take any game for granted,” Skoubo said.

The Bowmen, with junior post Jordan Kurahara scoring a pair of baskets and with Skoubo sinking a three-pointer, claimed a 15-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

But Sherwood’s shooting woes started in the second quarter.

The Bowmen made just three of nine shots from the field in the period.

Meanwhile, St. Helens, with senior Jared Bonney scoring three points, opened the quarter with a 6-2 run, giving the Lions a 20-17 lead with 5 minutes and 17 seconds left before halftime.

St. Helens got baskets from both senior post Nathan Hunter and junior Gage Bumgardner later on the quarter, helping the Lions take a 24-21 halftime lead.

Bonney opened the third quarter with a three-pointer to up the visitor’s lead to 27-21.

The Bowmen tried to rally. They got back-to-back baskets from Skoubo and senior Zach Milligan to trim the margin to 27-25 with 6:27 left in the period. But Sherwood, which made just two of 11 shots from the field in the third, wouldn’t be able to score again in the third quarter.

St. Helens got a layup by junior Corey West and a three-pointer by junior Devon Jewett late in the period, helping the Lions take a 34-25 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Bowmen tried to battle back in the final stanza. Skoubo scored five quick points early in the quarter to trim the margin to 36-30.

A bank shot by Kurahara and a pair of free throws by Milligan helped Sherwood cut the margin to 40-35 with 1:51 left to play. But the Bowmen couldn’t get any closer.

St. Helens made 10 of 12 foul shots in the final 1:40 of the game to help put away its 50-42 victory.

“We couldn’t sustain anything,” Merrill said. “Either we couldn’t get stops, or we couldn’t put together a string of baskets. And they executed well.”

“For sure, this hurts,” Skoubo said. “But this shows us that we always have to play hard and play with a lot of energy.”

Skoubo scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, as he tried to lead a Bowmen rally.

“I just tried to drive to the basket and get fouls,” he said.

Kurahara added 11 points for Sherwood and Milligan scored six.

Junior Tanner Long led St. Helens with 12 points. He got 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, making eight free throws in the period. Senior Cody Galvin added 10 points for the Lions.

Prior to the loss to St. Helens, Sherwood posted a 60-40 win over Liberty in a league game played Friday at Liberty High School.

Milligan scored 20 points in that game and Kurahara had 12 points.

Sherwood will be back in action Friday when it hosts Sandy, which is tied for the NWOC lead at 8-1, in a league game starting at 7:15 p.m.

“We’re going to have to come out and play with a lot of energy,” Skoubo said.

On Tuesday, the Bowmen will travel to Parkrose for a 7:15 p.m. league tilt.

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