A big third quarter helped the Heritage Timberwolves to their first win of the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League boys basketball season.
Friday’s 66-63 win over visiting Evergreen was a blow to the title hopes of the Plainsmen, and an uplifting result for the Timberwolves.
Tim Hergert finished with 27 points, topping four Timberwolves in double figures as Heritage won for only the second time in 14 games overall.
Trailing by six at halftime, Heritage outscored Evergreen 22-10 in the third quarter.
“We just hit our shots, and we got back on defense and contained (Evergreen post Caleb)Dressler in that quarter,” Heritage coach Forbes Lapp said.
The Timberwolves were patient with each possession in the fourth quarter and made most of their free throws to maintain the lead.
Heritage (1-5 in the 4A GSHL) led by as many as 12 points in the second half. Evergreen (9-5, 3-3) had a chance to tie late but missed on a 3-pointer inside the final minute.
“This is just nice for our kids,” Lapp said. “They practice so hard.”
Lapp noted that Evergreen outrebounded Heritage by 10 in the first half, but that his statistics indicated the rebounds were even in the second half.
Jake Dahlberg had a strong game for the Timberwolves, finishing with 15 points and helping to defend the taller Plainsmen. Cherno Sowe and Ezekial Wells scored 12 points apiece.
Caleb Dressler had 24 points to lead the Plainsmen, and Jalen Ballard had 12.
HERITAGE 66, EVERGREEN 63
EVERGREEN (9-5, 3-3) — Jalen Ballard 12, Ajay Jenkins 9, David Shirts 0, Jahmil Johnson 2, Tre Clark 6, Austin Gurnsey 0, Andrew White 2, Caleb Dressler 24, Thomas Phillips 6, Zach Smith 0. Totals 29 (1) 2-4 63.
HERITAGE (2-12, 1-5) — Randy Patterson 0, Danny Gray 0, Marquis Evans 8, David Martin 2, Daniil Karpyuk 0 Timmy Hergert 27, Kevin Flewellen-Wiggins 0, Cherno Sowe 12, Ezekial Wells 12, Jake Dahlberg 15. Totals 23 (8) 12-16 66.
Evergreen 19 16 10 16—63
Heritage 14 15 22 15—66
JV — no report.