Grizzlies take bite out of Tigers
Down 19-10 with 4 minutes, 8 seconds to go, the McMinnville boys basketball team could have played out the string against Tigard.
The Tigers, after all, were the No. 1 team in the Class 6A Pacific Conference. Star guard Bryan Berg already had 12 points; he would finish the night with a game-high 27.
"They outhustled us," Grizzlies coach Willie Graham said. "They was the honest-to-goodness difference.
"Once we had (our deficit) manageable, the guys were like, 'We've got a second chance.'"
McMinnville crept to within 21-20 at halftime, then outscored Tigard 43-31 in the second half for a 63-52 victory in Class 6A Pacific Conference play Tuesday night. It was the first Pacific Conference loss of the season for the Tigers (12-6, 8-1); the Grizzlies moved into a three-way tie for first place (13-5, 5-4).
McMinnville led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter before Tigard engineered a comeback to within nine points. Gage Gubrud led the Grizzlies with 24 points (12-of-13 FTs) and seven rebounds; Gubrud had 10 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Vince Boumann had 17 points for Mac, outdueling the Tigers' 6-foot-8 post, Joel Johnson (eight points) and helping the Grizzlies attain a 24-21 rebounding advantage.
McMinnville hosts Century on Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m., following the Mac-Century girls basketball game at 5:15 p.m.
Read more about the games in Friday's News-Register.