CRANE, Ore. — By the end of the night, Triad Timberwolves boys basketball coach Jason Young admitted that this is why you prefer to play at home in the postseason.
In front of an impressively supportive crowd, the home team Crane Mustangs outscored Triad by 13 in the final half of the fourth quarter to win 69-55 and advance to next week’s OSAA 1A Boys Basketball State Championships final site tournament in Baker City.
Postgame wrap-up from 960 the Sports Legend
The game featured seven ties and lead changes, with Triad looking like it had control of the tempo. The Timberwolves, outsized per man the entire night, hoped their running style of play would give them an advantage. But Crane continued to keep up, hit key three-pointers and not collapse after trailing in the last quarter.
Crane (22-6) will meet Elkton in the quarterfinals of the tournament next week after Elkton defeated Crane’s rival, Jordan Valley, 53-38.
The Mustangs’ Zalin Arritola, a junior transfer from Lost River, finished with a game-high 30 points, shooting 4-for-5 from three-point range and 12-for-21 overall. Combined with senior teammate Nic Nyman, Crane hit 10-of-20 three-point opportunities. The two combined for 52 of the Mustangs’ 69 points.
Crane outshot Triad 47 percent to 44 percent and pulled down 36 rebounds to the Timberwolves’ 19. The Mustangs committed 20 turnovers while forcing 14.
Triad head coach Jason Young following the game
Triad (19-8) was led by senior Thomas Holland’s 16 points, followed by Gabe Ovgard and Austin McGrew who scored 12 points apiece. Holland was 8-for-20 shooting overall, but 0-for-7 from three-point range. His inability to score from three was entirely opposite of his six three-pointer performance in Triad’s 77-69 first round win at Umpqua Valley Christian on Tuesday, in which he scored 35 points.
Holland had returned from injury after missing Triad’s final two regular season games, both losses, which prevented Triad from having a No. 2 seed and a home game, potentially, in the second round.
Other Friday Scores
1A OSAA Boys Basketball State Championships – Second Round
Hosanna Christian 80, Sherman 64
Elkton 53, Jordan Valley 38
Country Christian 50, South Wasco 47
Horizon Christian 80, Crow 27
4A Boys Basketball – Play-in Games
Sutherlin 85, Mazama 62
Ridgeview 68, Henley 64 OT
3A OSAA Boys Basketball State Championships – First Round
Horizon Christian 89, Lakeview 70
NSCIF Girls Basketball Playoffs – Quaterfinals
Butte Valley 58, Westwood 46