Mac boys win in overtime thriller
The McMinnville boys basketball team won 86-77 at home Friday vs. Tualatin. The win brings the Grizzlies to 10-10 overall, and 6-5 in the Pacific Conference.
Junior Gage Gubrud provided Mac with back-to-back-to-back 3-point baskets in overtime to give the Grizzlies the come from behind win. Gubrud finished the game with a team-leading 33 points. He added six rebounds.
Mac matched Tualatin’s fast-paced offense and found early holes in the Timberwolves’ half-court press and held a 22-16 lead after one quarter. Tualatin responded in the second quarter led by Jacob Bennett, who finished with 19 points and four rebounds.
Tualatin (13-6, 8-2) trailed 32-29 at the half.
The Timberwolves’ comeback continued in the third quarter with Joey Fishback adding 13 points. Tualatin grabbed a 53-51 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was back and forth, and both teams traded points all quarter. With the teams tied at 68, Mac had the ball with 2.7 seconds left, but Gubrud wasn’t able to knock down the game-winner.
The Grizzlies went on a 18-9 run in the overtime period, led by Gubrud’s 3-point barrage to grind out the win.
Mac has won five of its last seven games, and it’s the first time the Grizzlies have beaten the Timberwolves this season.
Mac heads back out on the road and plays at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Glencoe. The Grizzlies beat the Crimson Tide 52-37 Jan. 22 at The Furnace.
NOTES: Taylor Vicknair finished with 17 points, and Nick Autencio scored 15.
Mac girls lose 55-38 to Tualatin
The McMinnville girls basketball team lost 55-38 at home Friday vs. Tualatin (12-8, 8-3), which now has sole possession of second in the 6A Pacific Conference. The loss drops the Grizzlies to 11-9 overall, and 5-6 in conference play.
Molly Olsen led the Grizzlies with nine points and two steals in the loss. Emily Bliven had eight points for Mac, while Taylor Petersen led the team with eight rebounds.
Mac struggled early and the Timberwolves surged with a fast-paced, up-tempo offense and led 22-11 after the first quarter and 31-17 at the half.
The Grizzlies came out of the half refreshed and made a run at the Tualatin lead. By the end of the third, Mac trailed 41-31. The Grizzlies’ Bethany Mohler stepped up in the second half and gave Mac seven points off the bench.
The Grizzlies run wasn’t enough to overcome the Timberwolves in the final quarter, where they were outscored 14-7.
The loss to the Timberwolves puts the Grizzlies in fourth place in the Pacific Conference, bringing their losing streak to two games, while the Timberwolves have won two straight.
Mac wraps up its three-game home stand at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday vs. Glencoe. The Grizzlies lost 56-34 Jan. 22 on the road to the Crimson Tide.
NOTES: McMinnville senior Grace McMillan did not play. She was forced to sit one game after receiving two technical fouls in Tuesday’s game vs. Tigard.