Despite a less than enthused start, the Newberg Tiger’s JV team mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to force overtime, where they held onto a 49-48 victory over the Jaguars of Century.
The Tigers, who trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, were down 30-36 midway through the fourth quarter, when Cody Burger struck gold from downtown on two consecutive possessions to tie the game up. With the game still knotted at 39, Newberg gained possession of the ball with :45 seconds to play, and held for what was supposed to be the final shot. A turnover by Burger led to a run-out for Century and a last-second heave that fell short, forcing overtime.
In the extra frame, Newberg and Century exchanged baskets early, before the Tigers were able to pull ahead and force Century to foul. A Sam Murphy free-throw with 6.7 seconds left stretched the lead to four, making a Century three-pointer that rattled in at the buzzer null and void. A wise Carter Stone chose to not inbound the ball and the clock ran out, guaranteeing the victory, a 6th league win for the Tigers, and a season sweep of the Jaguars.
The Tigers were led by Cody Burger’s 18 points, while Sam Murphy and Colin Bolek also scored in double figures, with 10 points each. Carter Stone was a beast on the boards, and chipped in 7 points, including a huge lay-up down the stretch to give Newberg the lead.
Newberg faces another road challenge on Friday night, as they travel to Liberty High School to face the Falcons. Newberg beat Liberty the first time around, but they were only up 2 at half, and face a Falcon squad that has two victories over Glencoe this season, a team that Newberg has yet to beat on the year. It will be an interesting affair, as Liberty is sure to seek revenge. Will Newberg embrace the challenge with humility and a desire to excel? Or will they just roll into Hillsboro, thinking a victory is a foregone conclusion? Time will tell. As will practice today and tomorrow.