The senior stepped up after his father was diagnosed with cancer

by: DAN BROOD - INSPIRED SEASON -- Tualatin High School senior Connor Scott (35), shown here in a game against rival Tigard, was the Timberwolves' leading scorer this season. TUALATIN — From all obvious appearances, it’s easy to say that Connor Scott had a standout season for the Tualatin High School boys basketball team.

After all, Scott, a 6-foot senior for the Tualatin squad, was the leading scorer for the Timberwolves as he helped the team put together a 16-9 season and qualify for the Class 6A state playoffs.

And, in postseason play, Scott seemed to take his game to an even greater level, turning in standout performances in playoff games against Sheldon and Sunset.

For his efforts, Scott was a first-team All-Pacific Conference selection.

“I think Connor far exceeded expectations this season,” Tualatin coach Rick Osborn said. “And to have a kid who’s your leading scorer work as hard as he did was big for us. At times, I’d stop practice and ask kids ‘are you working as hard as Connor is?’”

Scott, always a competitor, seemed to play at a motivated level all season — but there was more to it.

While Scott likely was inspired by his teammates, his biggest inspiration very well came from his father, Mike.

Mike Scott, 49, who is the superintendent of the Hillsboro School District, was diagnosed with colon cancer back on Dec. 27.

“It was a shock when it happened,” Connor Scott said on Feb. 15, after scoring 21 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in a 94-74 win over Glencoe. “Since then, I’ve played every game for him.”

The night after Mike Scott was diagnosed with cancer, Connor scored a career high 32 points in a 103-91 win over Lakeridge.

And the Timberwolf squad seemed to be inspired as well, as the Tualatin team presented Mike Scott with a game ball the day after the Lakeridge game.

“That was a cool thing to do,” Connor said.

“That was special,” Mike Scott said on Feb. 26, prior to the Timberwolves’ state playoff game at Sheldon High School. “I’ve got that game ball in our room. The response from the team and the community has been touching. It’s meant a lot.”

“I’m definitely inspired by my dad,” Connor Scott said. “So I play for him every game.”

And the inspired, hard-working Tualatin senior came up big for the Timberwolves all season.

“I think he would have been the same player regardless. He’s always given that kind of an effort,” Osborn said. “I think a few times things were going through his mind, but the remarkable thing is that he didn’t have any kind of a lull. He was a really critical player for us in our system. The way he played around the basket was a big part of what we did.”

Mike Scott, who underwent surgery to remove a tumor on Jan. 17, was in attendance to watch Connor’s big performance in the Timberwolves’ Senior Night victory over Glencoe.

“It was real nice to have him here,” Connor said after that game.

Mike Scott also made the trip to Eugene to watch the Wolves play Sheldon in a Class 6A state playoff game — and he was smiling with good news.

“My prognosis is excellent,” Mike said prior to that game, adding that he looks to be on the road to full recovery. “The next step will be going through a phase of radiation and chemo.”

He was also happy to be able to be at at the Wolves’ playoff contest.

“I’m so fortunate,” he said. “I’ve known so many of these guys forever.”

He got to see an impressive Tualatin performance that night. Connor scored a game-high 27 points on 7-for-11 shooting while also having five rebounds, four assists and two steals in the Wolves’ 92-83 win over the No. 6-ranked Irish.

Connor Scott finished his senior season with a 31-point outing in a second-round state playoff loss at Sunset.

“I think he’s been inspired,” Mike Scott said. “And I think the thing I’ve been most proud of has been his response. He’s been courageous.”

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