Tualatin blasts Glencoe to end two-game losing skid

TUALATIN — The Timberwolves are back to their winning ways.

And their timing probably couldn’t be any better.

With the Class 6A state playoffs nearing, the Tualatin High School boys basketball team shook off a two-game losing streak by scoring a 94-74 win over Glencoe in a Pacific Conference game played Friday in front of a Senior Night crowd at Tualatin.

“It feels good to be back after two tough games,” Tualatin senior C.J. Michael said after the game. “We wanted to get back to how we’re supposed to play.”

“We were focusing on finishing strong before the playoffs,” Tualatin senior Connor Scott said. “And Senior Night is always exciting. This was the last time to play here. It was emotional and we were motivated.”by: DAN BROOD - HIGH FLYER -- Tualatin senior guard Jon Fishback (left) goes flying up to the basket against Glencoe's Kyle Mincemoyer during Fridays game. The Wolves scored a 94-74 victory.

With the loss, Glencoe moved to 2-11 in league play and to 4-19 on the season to that point.

With the victory over the Crimson Tide, coupled with a 78-62 win at Hillsboro on Tuesday, Tualatin finished regular-season play with a 10-4 mark in Pacific Conference games, putting the Wolves in third place in the final league standings, and an overall record of 15-8.

Tualatin will next be in action Tuesday when it will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent on the road in a Class 6A state playoff first round contest.

“We’re looking forward to the playoffs,” Michael said. “We just need to continue what we’re doing.”

“If we play like we can, we’re going to be a tough out,” Scott said.

The Wolves certainly seemed to be on their game in Friday’s contest with Glencoe.

Tualatin got off to a flying start to the contest. Michael and Scott each went 2-for-2 from the free throw line in the opening minutes and senior Randall Tainer added a three-point basket and followed that up with a steal and layup to give the Wolves a 9-0 lead just 3 minutes and 2 seconds into the game.

Junior Taylor Boos and sophomore Steven Shockloss each connected on a three-point basket later in the first quarter and Scott had two baskets in the period. Meanwhile, the Tualatin defense helped force Glencoe into 16 first-quarter turnovers, giving the Wolves a 23-8 lead at the end of the opening period.

“We had a lot of energy from Senior Night and we got a lot of energy from our senior leaders,” Michael said of the fast start to the game.

Tualatin kept rolling in the second quarter. The Wolves started the period with a 13-4 run — which included both a three-pointer and a steal and layup by senior guard Scott Allred and four points by Scott — to push the lead to 36-12 with 4:15 left in the first half.

Junior guard Joey Fishback scored five points later in the quarter to help the Wolves up the margin to 48-22 at halftime.

Defense looked to be a key for the Wolves in the opening two quarters, as they pressured Glencoe into 25 first-half turnovers.

The Crimson Tide cut down on its turnovers in the third quarter while also finding its shooting touch, making eight of 16 shots from the field with three three-point baskets. But Tualatin, with sophomore post Jacob Bennett sinking a pair of three-pointers and scoring eight points in the period, took a 64-43 lead into the fourth quarter.

In the final stanza, both teams were on fire on the offensive end.

Glencoe scored 31 points in the fourth quarter, with sophomore Landon Apeland scoring 15 points in the final 3:06 of the game.

Tualatin had 29 points in the period. Freshman Luke Osborn scored 10 points in the quarter while Boos, Shockloss and Bennett each had a three-pointer in the period for the Wolves, who wrapped up the 20-point win.

“That was great,” Scott said. “And we always have fun out there.”

“The kids played hard,” Tualatin coach Rick Osborn said. “Glencoe did a good job in the second half, but, for the most part, we did what we needed to do.”

Scott led the way for the Wolves in the win with 21 points. He also had four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Michael added 14 points along with eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Bennett had 13 points to go with five rebounds and four steals. Joey Fishback and Luke Osborn added 10 points apiece.

Tualatin, as a team, made 32 of 78 shots from the field and 20 of 28 free-throw attempts.

Apeland and junior Cramer Harlow led Glencoe with 15 points apiece.

In Tuesday’s win at Hillsboro, Scott led a balanced Timberwolf scoring attack with 16 points. Tainer added 14 points and Michael had 11.

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