McKay Men Win Thriller, Stayton Men Stumble

By Jeremy McDonald

MCKAY 74, WEST ALBANY 73- IN ALBANY, Ore.—  It came down to free throws between the Royal Scots and the Bulldogs in Albany Tuesday night in the 6A battle in the Greater Valley Conference.

At one point, McKay had a 15-point lead before West came storming back and made a game out of it as Josaiah Castillo hit a game tying shot with 32 seconds left in the game before Demeris Bailey hit one of two free throws to give the Scots a one-point lead.

Looking for a heave shot in the post for a last second tip-in, Tristen Wilson denied it with a hand to seal the fifth-win of the season for McKay (5-10, 2-5 GVC).

“A lot of things went right for us tonight,” described Wilson on the win.

The Scots will travel to Forest Grove (10-5, 4-3 GVC) Friday night for a 7:15pm tipoff.

NEWPORT 51, STAYTON 38—IN STAYTON, Ore.–  After a close first quarter between the Cubs and the Eagles in the opening of the 4A Oregon West Conference.

But after the 12-all first quarter, the Newport Men started to take advantage of weakness’ in the Stayton defense to build some momentum for the rest of the game

“We couldn’t execute as a group, as a team and shots weren’t falling for us,” said Kyle Schwarm.

With a 10-5 run entering the second quarter, the Cubs held a 24-17 lead thanks on winning the rebounding battle before Schwarm sparked a rally as they cut the lead down to a 28-24 deficit entering the half.

“They came out a lot more hot than we did in the first half,” described Matt Linndemann on the first half.  “They were hitting a lot of their shots and got the upper hand on us.  We allowed too many points in the first half, so they had a lot of momentum in the second half and just attacking our weak close-outs on defense.”

Entering the second half, Newport capitalized on turnovers and continued their dominance on the boards as the Eagles (6-7, 0-1 OWC) found themselves rushing to catch up.

“We weren’t boxing out and they were getting the offensive rebounds,” said Linndemann on the second half.  “The turnovers, we were trying to rush shots and get quick points,” “We were backing in, going too fast and getting out of control.”

Moving forward to their first OWC road trip against Yamhill-Carlton (4-11, 0-1 OWC), Stayton will look to get back

“Just a team effort, we will have to pull our heads up and comeback Friday and pull out a win,” said Schwarm.

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