A conference win at home for the Grizzlies
The McMinnville boys basketball team found that elusive home conference win Tuesday with a 52-37 victory vs. Glencoe.
Junior Gage Gubrud scored 22 points to lead all scorers, helping the Grizzlies get to 3-3 in the Pacific Conference heading into Friday’s home game vs. rival Newberg (0-15, 0-6). It was McMinnville’s first home win since it defeated Gresham 52-40 Dec. 21.
The Grizzlies (7-8) jumped out to an 8-0 lead Tuesday vs. the Crimson Tide. After Glencoe scored the Grizzlies extended their lead to 13-2 after a Gubrud 3-pointer. Mac led 15-7 after the first quarter.
The Crimson Tide mad a run to cut Mac’s lead to 15-14 with 6:38 left in the first half, but the Grizzlies went on a 14-0 run to build the lead to 29-14 with two minutes to go.
Mac led 29-17 at the break.
The teams traded scores to start the third quarter, and the Grizzlies led 42-28 at the start of the fourth quarter. Nicholas Autencio hit a 3-pointer with 6:56 left to go in the game, pushing Mac’s lead to 15, and the Crimson Tide never was able to close the gap.
Gubrud had five rebounds and three assists to go with his 22 points. He was the only scorer in the game to have more than eight points.
Autencio scored six points for the Grizzlies, and Bryce Anderson added five. Blaine Parker scored five points but didn’t play much in the second half because of foul trouble. Blake Egli, Drew Spence and Taylor Vicknair all scored four points for Mac. Matthew Long added two points.
Shayne Rixie and Cramer Harlow both scored eight points to lead the Crimson Tide.
Mac finishes up the first half of its Pacific Conference schedule with a game at 7:15 p.m. Friday at home vs. Newberg.