A Senior Night sweep
The McMinnville boys basketball team came from behind to defeat the Forest Grove Vikings 61-54 Tuesday on Senior Night.
Junior Gage Gubrud scored 16 points, senior Taylor Vicknair scored 11 points, and senior Blaine Parker added 10, giving the Grizzlies their fourth win in a row to close out the regular season. McMinnville (13-10, 9-5) finishes the regular season in fourth place in the Pacific Conference and ranked No. 31 by the OSAA.
With the fourth-place finish, the Grizzlies earned an automatic berth in the 6A state playoffs, which begin Feb. 26. McMinnville won’t find out its opponent until after the play-in round.
The Grizzlies fell behind early vs. Forest Grove (13-11, 5-9). The Vikings went on a 12-2 run to take a 12-4 lead with 3:05 left in the first quarter. After a layup with 1:32 left in the opening period, the Vikings led 19-8.
Then McMinnville slowly started to chip away. Gubrud cut Forest Grove’s lead to 19-10 at the end of the first quarter. That sparked a 12-2 run by the Grizzlies that cut Forest Grove’s lead to 21-20. Mac tied the game on a layup from Parker with 2:17 left in the first half, and he added the free throw after being fouled. Parker scored six of Mac’s final eight points in the first half, and the score was tied 31-31 at halftime.
Mac outscored Forest Grove 20-6 in the third quarter and led 51-37 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Vikings responded in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 59-54 with 25 seconds left, but the Grizzlies held on in the final seconds.
Senior Blake Egli scored nine points, Matthew Long scored seven, and senior Alex Israel scored five points. Nicholas Autencio scored three points.
The 6A play-in games are Friday, and the matchups in the 32-team bracket will be determined over the weekend.
Mohler helps Mac break losing streak
The McMinnville girls basketball team entered the final game of the regular season on a four-game losing streak and needed a win desperately. The Grizzlies got it Tuesday vs. Forest Grove, beating the Vikings 56-48 at home on Senior Night.
Sophomore Bethany Mohler scored 16 points and Emily Bliven added 10 for the Grizzlies (12-11, 6-8). Mac plays a home play-in game Friday and will find out its opponent after the rankings freeze Wednesday.
McMinnville led 16-13 after the first quarter, but the Vikings kept it close, taking a 25-24 lead with 12.5 seconds left in the first half. Freshman Montanna Gubrud hit a 3-pointer with three seconds left, giving the Grizzlies a 27-25 lead at halftime.
Mac went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and led 36-25 after senior Grace McMillan made one free throw with 3:46 left in the third quarter. Mac outscored the Vikings 15-3 in the quarter.
The Vikings made a run in the fourth quarter. Mac was up 47-32 with 6:21 left in the game, but the Vikings were able to cut the lead to 51-46 after two free throws with 3:23 to go. The Grizzlies scored their final five points from the free-throw line to win the game.
McMinnville is No. 23 in the state, and athletic director Mark Hinthorn said it is likely the Grizzlies will host a play-in game at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Final confirmation will come late Wednesday or early Thursday.