By Ossie Bladine • Editor • 

Grizzlies put on show for home crowd

The McMinnville boys played its most complete game of the season Friday night and handily beat visiting Sunset, 57-40, inside The Furnace.

McMinnville (4-1) came out in a 2-3 zone and Sunset (3-2) rewarded them by missing all 11 of their first quarter field goal attempts. Gage Gubrud had seven first quarter points to help the Grizzlies build an 11-0 lead after the first.

But it was the Grizzlies’ effort out of halftime that most impressed the home crowd. They turned an eight-point halftime lead into a 26-point lead in six minutes of play. Mac made 9 of 10 shots during the 19-1 run that featured nice post play by Vince Boumann and good defense leading to easy offense in transition.

Gubrud put an exclamation mark on the run with a steal near halfcourt and a rim-rattling slam dunk.

Head coach Willie Graham said it was nice to see his team put four quarters together. “We’ve been a little Jekyll and Hyde so far this year.”

Sunset spotted Mac the early lead with uncharacteristic poor shooting, but the Grizzlies took advantage and never let down.

McMinnville’s ability to get to the rim in a variety of ways shined throughout the game. Matthew Long’s third quarter 3-pointer was the only of Mac’s 23 made field goals that didn’t come in the paint.

Gubrud led all scorers with 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line.

The 6-foot-7-inch Boumann won the battle of the big men against Sunset’s 6-foot-8-inch Tyler Gutierrez. Boumann picked up two early fouls and had just two points by halftime. In his absence, junior Kyle Brooker stepped up off the bench, scoring four of the team’s nine second quarter points.

The Grizzlies went to Boumann early and often in the second half. He finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Long chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Tanner Autencio may have been the game’s most valuable player despite not scoring. The junior guard finished with 11 rebounds and six of the team’s eight assists. On multiple occasions he found teammates on crosscourt passes in transition leading to wide open layins.

Sunset made an effort to get back in the game late, hitting five 3-pointers in the final period. But the Grizzlies played smart and cruised to victory.

McMinnville travels to Franklin (4-3) Saturday for the second of a back-to-back. Graham said it’s going to be a good maturity check for his team. The game is scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

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