Spartans unprepared for Mac
Once the McMinnville boys basketball team got started, only the first-quarter buzzer could stop it.
The Grizzlies raced out to a 25-4 lead over Hillsboro and never looked back, defeating the Spartans 68-40 in Tuesday’s Class 6A Pacific Conference game at The Furnace.
“I thought we guarded really well,” Mac coach Willie Graham said. “We did a good job attacking the basket. It seemed like we finished better than Friday (an overtime loss to Tualatin) – that’s something we’ve got to do a little better.”
McMinnville (9-2, 1-1) forced eight Hillsboro turnovers in the first quarter and scored on 13 of its 16 possessions in the period. Junior forward Matthew Long had 11 points by himself; he finished with 13, as did senior guard Gage Gubrud.
When the Grizzlies slackened in the second quarter, Tanner Autencio picked up the intensity. Mac’s junior point guard scored seven of his 11 points in the period to give McMinnville a 40-17 halftime lead.
“Tanner’s enthusiasm and toughness has really been very impressive,” Graham said.
Hillsboro (2-10, 0-2) cut its deficit to 16 points in the second half thanks to Tyler Fernstrom, who led all scorers with 24 points. McMinnville’s reserves kept the Spartans largely in check the rest of the way, allowing for junior-varsity players Joey Chapman, Riley McAnally and Jacob Powell to see extended playing time.
“They’ve all done a really nice job,” Graham said. “They may not see the court for a while (as varsity players) but when they do they just step up. It’s no big deal.”
Drew Spence scored nine points for McMinnville, and Vince Boumann added eight points.
The Grizzlies play Century tonight at 6:45 p.m. in Hillsboro before traveling to Tigard Tuesday for a 6:45 p.m. contest.
Hillsboro 51, McMinnville 40
The Grizzlies were outscored 29-13 in the second half and could not recover in a Class 6A Pacific Conference loss to the Spartans at Hillsboro High School on Tuesday.
“They were playing a 2-3 zone; we missed a lot of shots,” Mac coach Sean Coste said. “They got some steals in the zone that led to layups.”
Montanna Gubrud led McMinnville (3-8, 0-2) with 12 points, and Audrey McMillan had nine points. Molly Olsen and Elizabeth Logsdon scored six points apiece.
Lauren Lykins scored 20 points to pace Hillsboro (11-1, 1-1).
Mac plays Century tonight at 6:45 p.m. in Hillsboro before hosting Tigard Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.