Grizzlies survive Glencoe, selves
The McMinnville boys basketball team had won six straight games entering Tuesday night’s Class 6A Pacific Conference home contest against Glencoe but wasn’t up to closing out No. 7.
The Grizzlies committed seven turnovers, had a player whistled for a technical foul and saw a 10-point lead whittled down to four points.
Bryce Anderson threw down a pair of crowd pleasing dunks and Cameron Fox and Vince Boumann each hit critical free throws in the final two minutes as Mac walked away from the Crimson Tide with a 64-57 victory.
“Somebody up there was being really, really, really, really nice to us,” Grizzlies coach Willie Graham said.
Gage Gubrud filled up the stat sheet with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists for McMinnville (16-5, 8-4 Pacific). Vince Boumann had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, and Tanner Autencio contributed seven points and four assists from the point guard position.
The Crimson Tide (5-17, 2-10 Pacific) had three players in double figures in Landon Apeland (17 points), Shayne Rixie (12 points) and Ray Castaneda (10 points).
“I’m not going to take anything away from Glencoe,” Graham said. “They played so hard, their kids competed. I could not be more impressed.
“They did a nice job taking us off the drive. They rebounded the heck out of it.”
McMinnville and Glencoe played the first quarter to a tie before the Grizzlies took advantage of Glencoe foul trouble in the second quarter. Drew Spence (six points) and Gubrud each hit three-pointers in the period as Mac took a 34-27 lead into the locker room. The Crimson Tide did not score a point in the final 2 minutes, 58 seconds of the half.
“We got (the lead) to 11 (points),” Graham said. “It kind of looks like we’re going to break their back. They battle it right back again.”
Indeed, Glencoe chipped away at a 43-32 third-quarter deficit with five points each from Apeland and Matt Hopman in the period.
With 1:56 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies ahead 57-49, Anderson was whistled for a foul on Apeland. Anderson protested the call and was whistled for a technical foul. Apeland made his technical free throws and two bonus free throws to cut Mac’s lead to 57-53.
The teams traded offensive fouls before Anderson stole the ball and dunked it at the other end, to the delight of the Furnace Crowd. After a basket by Rixie, Fox was fouled and made two free throws in a 1-and-1 situation.
“The story should’ve been the two free throws Cameron Fox made,” Graham said. “Those were huge. Instead, we did other things that were not the story.”
The game’s exclamation point came with 20 seconds remaining, as Boumann – pushed against the Glencoe baseline by three Crimson Tide players – heaved a pass 50 feet to Anderson, who dunked the ball for a second time to excite the McMinnville student section.
“Our student body, band, cheerleaders – awesome,” Graham said. “Every one of them. The advisors come (to the games) – we really can’t do without them.”
The Grizzlies host Newberg tonight at 7:15 p.m. for their Senior Night game.
Glencoe 45, McMinnville 33
HILLSBORO – The Grizzlies girls basketball team trailed by five points with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but foul trouble and an off-shooting night derailed Mac in its Class 6A Pacific Conference contest against the Crimson Tide on Tuesday night.
Kayla Hyppolite led Glencoe (14-8, 9-3) with 19 points. The Crimson Tide made 22 of 35 attempted free throws, as the Grizzlies (6-15, 3-9) made four of 14.
“We didn’t take care of the ball very well in the first half,” Mac coach Sean Coste said. “We dug ourselves in a hole.”
Elizabeth Logsdon led the Grizzlies with eight points. Nicole Long scored seven points, and Audrey McMillan, Emily Bliven and Sydni Dix each had five points.
“Elizabeth Logsdon played one of her better games as of late in terms of playing more aggressive and attacking the basket,” Coste said.
The Grizzlies host Newberg tonight at 5:45 p.m.