Mac boys blast off against Century, Tigard
It was not a perfect first quarter, if only because two missed shots, one turnover and a possession lost to a jump ball count as imperfections.
McMinnville post Vince Boumann set the tone early, scoring the Grizzlies’ first six points against Class 6A Pacific Conference foe Century. The Jaguars began collapsing on Boumann, and he kicked out to Drew Spence for a three-pointer.
Boumann’s work inside and Spence and Gage Gubrud’s work outside gave Mac a 24-15 first quarter lead, which the Grizzlies took from there to a 73-62 victory over Century Wednesday night at The Furnace.
“That’s one of those deals – they man us up (defensively), then they switch to zone, Drew hits shots,” McMinnville coach Willie Graham said. “What are you going to do?”
The Jaguars simply had no answer for Mac’s efficient offensive play. The Grizzlies made 64.3 percent of their field goals in the game (27-of-42), going 9-of-11 in the first quarter and 16-of-24 in the first half.
Boumann scored 14 points in the first quarter alone and finished the game with 24 points. Where McMinnville struggled offensively in the second half, Gubrud picked up the slack with 17 of his game-high 27 points.
“That’s the best (Boumann) has played, I thought,” Graham said. “Gage has been pretty darn tough.”
Spence finished with 11 points for McMinnville (14-5, 6-4 Pacific). Jamel Liggins paced Century (6-14, 5-5 Pacific) with 21 points.
The Grizzlies never led by more than 15 points during the game but, after the first quarter, never led by fewer than nine points. Second-half foul trouble for the Jaguars allowed Mac to attempt 22 free throws (the Grizzlies made 16).
McMinnville plays at Tualatin tonight at 6:45 p.m. for second place in the Pacific Conference, which the Timberwolves (11-9, 7-3) currently occupy. The Grizzlies then host Glencoe on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.
“We have four games left,” Graham said. “They’re all huge. Look where we’re at. We’re all just bunched up.
“(Tonight) is gonna be a war.”
McMinnville 63, Tigard 52
Gage Gubrud scored 24 points and Vince Boumann added 17 points as the Grizzlies dealt the Tigers their first Class 6A Pacific Conference loss in two years at The Furnace on Tuesday night.
McMinnville outscored Tigard 43-31 in the second half, attacking the interior of the Tigers’ defense early and often. The Grizzlies had trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but Tigard ended the first half a 21-20 lead after a late surge.
In some ways, offensively, being able to take it at them helped our defense,” McMinnville coach Willie Graham said. “That was our best defense – being aggressive on offense.”
Tigers guard Bryan Berg led all scorers with 27 points.