By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It came down to the wire as McKay faced their first big league test with McMinnville.
They succeeded as they had to use one crucial free throw to win.
Here’s how it went down.
Shaton Daniels makes one-of-two cruical free throws and turned a turnover to a game-tying lay-up with 51.5 left with the game tied at 77 after McMinnville took a brief lead.
The crowd was chanting ‘defense’ as they came out of a timeout as Daniels gave McKay a 79-77 led before the Grizzlies tied it.
Khyler Beach hits one of two free throws, that one, his one of 11 points, turned out to be the game winner for the Scots.
“I was thinking, ‘it’s just like any other Free Throw’,” said Beach of his game-winning shot. “If I thought about it too much, I was going to miss it so, I was making sure I was going to make the shot.”
Time wasn’t over yet though. With 1.4 seconds left, McMinnville called timeout and in-bounded it from half-court.
But, unlike their Feburary 9 match-up at McMinnville that ended in heartbreak, the Scots defense was so sound that the Grizzilies last second shot missed it’s mark as the McKay crowd erupted in cheers as McKay improved to 8-2 on the season and 3-0 in the Greater Valley Conference.
Though the excitement is there as they walk into the locker room, they know they have work to get done with Roseburg Thursday and another tough challenge in Forest Grove Saturday back at home.
“This win, it felt pretty good,” said Ryan Bangs on the win. “Like, it feels good but we have to get over it because we got a tough game coming up on Saturday to get ready for so it’s good to celebrate but we kind of have to forget about this.”
Daniels-19. Tovar-13. Bangs-12. Beach-11. Castillo-8. Garza-8. Tavera-7. Hull-2.
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