The No. 5 David Douglas Scots (19-3, 9-3) fought back from behind all night to beat Oregon City (12-10, 7-5) 69-58 in overtime on Tuesday night.
The Scots last lead in regulation was an 11-10 advantage with 1:12 left in the first quarter. Dwight Dew’s mid-range jumper with two minutes left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 54 and the Scots never trailed the rest of the game.
“We’re a senior dominant team and they want to do big things,” David Douglas head coach Chad Reeves said. “They’re never out of it and they feel they can get back into it.”
The Pioneers opened a 26-16 lead with just over four minutes left in the first half. Oregon City’s 2-3 zone settled in and forced David Douglas to take outside shots.
When the Scots trimmed the deficit to 26-23, the Pioneers responded and extended the lead to 34-27 at halftime thanks to a couple three-pointers from Teron Bradford. The freshman led Oregon City with 15 points.
The Pioneers continued to have success early in the third quarter, maintaining a 42-33 lead. Then, David Douglas stepped up the defensive intensity. A half-court trap combined with pressure man-to-man defense took Oregon City out of their rhythm.
“Our guards’ ability to sit down and stay in front was huge in the second half,” Reeves said.
“We made them shoot once and we got a rebound,” said senior guard Charles Jones, who led the Scots with 24 points.
Jones, who had 18 points at the time, picked up his fourth foul with 2:01 left in the third quarter and his team down 45-38. That opened the door for someone else to step up. That someone was senior Dwight Dew.
“We believe that when he’s playing well, he creates matchup problems,” Reeves said. “”He can go outside and he’s a long body inside.”
The 6-foot-3 forward scored all 17 of his points in the second half. His layup cut Oregon City’s lead to two, 45-43, heading into the fourth quarter.
It was also Dew who finally pulled David Douglas even at 54 with 2:00 left and responded on the defensive end with a block of Bradford.
The Scots held the ball for about a minute and a half for an attempt to win the game in the final seconds. Jones’ pull up jumper from the free throw line hit the back of the rim and was rebounded by Oregon City. The Pioneers came back the other way and Briggs Young’s floater along the left baseline clanked off the iron as the game headed to overtime.
Overtime was dominated by David Douglas. The Scots received key contributions from senior forward Lamareia Taylor, who scored the first four points of overtime and pulled down an offensive rebound that led to a Dew basket to put David Douglas up 60-56. Taylor finished the game with 10 points.
The Scots sealed the victory from the free throw line, where they hit nine of their final ten shots.
It was the defense though that allowed the Scots to finally breakthrough. Oregon City’s final made field goal came with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter. David Douglas contested every shot and crashed the defensive boards. It was a change for the high-flying Scots to win a slowed down, defensive battle.
“That’s indicative of what happens when our kids get down in a stance and play some defense,” Reeves said. “To manufacture a win in a way we’re not used to was huge.”
Hunter Davis added 11 points for the Scots, who are playing strong basketball to finish the regular season. They’ve won six of their last seven games, which includes ending Reynolds’ six-game winning streak and Oregon City’s three-game streak.
“We love how we’re playing,” Reeves said. “Any close game you can draw back on when making a playoff run is huge.”
The Scots host Centennial on Friday night and remain a game back of No. 3 Central Catholic for first place in the Mt. Hood Conference.
Austin Dewitz finished with 14 points for the Pioneers, Chris Mengis added 11 and Briggs Young had 10. Oregon City will host Barlow on Friday night in the their regular season home finale.
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