Bowmen hoop season ends in playoff loss at Silverton

SILVERTON — The Sherwood High School boys basketball team saw its season come to a close.

But it took a school record scoring performance to end the Bowmen’s season.

Silverton, behind a school-record 44-point scoring outburst by standout senior guard Zach Gengler, scored a 79-64 win over Sherwood in a Class 5A state playoff game played Friday at Silverton High School.

“He’s really good,” Sherwood coach Tony Merrill said. “And they played very well. Credit to them.”

With the win, Silverton, the Mid-Willamette Conference champion, improved to 21-4 on the season. The Foxes also advanced to play in the Class 5A state tournament, which started Wednesday at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.

Sherwood, the No. 3 team out of the Northwest Oregon Conference, ended its season with a final overall mark of 15-11.

“We finished well, but we came up just one win short,” Merrill said. “I thought that we were good enough at the end of the year to compete with most any team.”

Sherwood was competitive in the playoff tilt at Silverton.

Sherwood trailed 32-27 at halftime and was down by six with three minutes left in the third quarter. At that point, Silverton converted a three-point play on what looked to be a possible charge. The three-point play helped the Foxes pull away to take a 55-41 lead at the end of the period. From their, the home team went on to wrap up the 79-64 victory.

“We played a decent game,” Merrill said. “But they killed us on the boards and we had some bad turnovers.”

Senior guard Jordan Skoubo led the way for the Bowmen in the contest with 16 points. Senior Zach Milligan added 15 points and junior post Jordan Kurahara scored 13.

The loss marked the final high school game for Sherwood seniors Skoubo, Alex Jones, Jacob Brooks and Milligan.

“I love those four guys, and we’ll miss them,” Merrill said.

The Bowmen should have a strong group of returnees next year, including the 6-foot-10 Kurahara.

“We should have seven coming back, and I think we’ll have real good team chemistry,” Merrill said.

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