By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Gage Gubrud silences Spartans in Mac win

The Hillsboro Spartans hung with the McMinnville Grizzlies for a quarter and a half Tuesday. Then Gage Gubrud started making his shots.

Gubrud scored 26 points — including 15 points in the second quarter — and helped McMinnville to a 52-33 win Tuesday at home vs. Hillsboro in Pacific Conference boys basketball. Gubrud hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter, turning an 11-10 Hillsboro lead at the start of the quarter into a 32-19 McMinnville lead at halftime.

“It’s amazing how easy and fun it is when we make shots and one guy is making a ton of threes,” McMinnville coach Willie Graham said.

“Glad Gage was on our team tonight.”

Gubrud scored four points in the second half, but it didn’t matter for the Grizzlies (9-8, 5-3). Hillsboro’s focus on him opened up the offense for other players, and Mac extended its lead to 48-27 at the end of the third quarter.

Anton Dean led the Spartans (2-16, 1-7) in scoring with 10 points. Tyler Fernstrom scored eight, and Evan Nelson scored six for Hillsboro.

There were early signs that Gubrud was in for a good night. Gubrud drilled a pull-up 3-pointer 22 seconds into the game and hit another jumper in the quarter, scoring seven of McMinnville’s 10 points. He opened the second period with another 3-pointer to take back the lead from the Spartans, and then it was off to the races for the Grizzlies. Mac closed out the first half on a 14-2 run.

The Spartans have lost five games in a row and 10 of their last 11. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies extended their win streak to four games heading into a critical game Friday at Century, which is a game ahead of Mac for third place in the Pacific Conference.

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