Defensive lapses snare Tigers
6A boys hoops Losses to Forest Grove and McMinnville drop Newberg into tie for sixth-place with Hillsboro
McMINNVILLE Allowing the opponent to explode offensively in one quarter cost Newberg twice last week, as the Tigers fell 62-47 to Forest Grove Feb. 18 and were defeated 63-45 by rival McMinnville Friday night.
Head coach Dave Browns team traveled to play the Vikings, who were looking to avenge an earlier loss in the two teams first match-up.
In that rematch, Forest Grove scored 28 points in the second quarter to establish a cushion it would never relinquish.
The Tigers, who got 12 points from center Jacoby Wolfe, locked things down defensively in the second half, allowing the Vikings 21 points, but were unable to muster enough offense to mount a comeback.
In the face of the rowdiest gym in the league, Newberg played a solid first half at McMinnville, but a late Grizzlies run tied the contest 22-22 going into the break.
The two teams traded baskets for several minutes in the third quarter until the hosts switched to a full-court press, which helped tip the momentum in their favor.
The resulting rash of turnovers helped McMinnville finish the quarter on a 15-2 run that catapulted them to a 46-32 lead.
The Tigers were unable to contain Grizzlies guard Gage Gubrud, who was on fire in the second half, eventually finishing with a game-high 26 points, all of which were scored in the final three quarters.
A Braden Milroy triple brought Newberg within 10 points at 50-40 with 6:25 remaining to play in the fourth, but McMinnville closed the game on a 13-5 run to ice the victory, which lifted the Grizzlies into a tie for second place in the Pacific Conference with Tualatin at 9-4 with one game remaining.
Jake Sundquist led the Tigers with 12 points, while Jacob Pendergraph provided a spark off the bench, scoring nine points.
The loss dropped Newberg (5-18 overall, 3-10) into a tie for sixth place with Hillsboro.
The Tigers closed the regular season at home versus Glencoe Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) and will travel to play a 6A play-in game against a yet-to-be determined opponent later this week.