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COLLEGE HOOPS: Saints win 10th straight, Panthers take third at home tourney

Mac Johnson puts up 24 points to lead Mt. Hood CC to tourney title


by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood Community College's Oleg Marandyuk drives the baseline during the first half of Sunday's 75-73 overtime win over Treasure Valley. The Mt. Hood Community College men’s basketball team moved its win streak to 10 games with a 75-73 overtime victory over Treasure Valley in the title game of the Portland CC Crossover tournament Sunday night.

The Saints went in front to stay when Oleg Marandyuk drove the baseline and put a soft shot off the glass for a 74-71 lead with 1:50 to play.

Teammate Thomas Simien sealed the victory with a series of rebounds that kept the ball away from Treasure Valley.

The first saw him dive under the basket, twist his body in mid-air and fling the ball to teammate Landon Rushton at the top of the 3-point arc. The Saints kept possession and drained more time off the clock.

The Saints missed the mark with a 3 from the corner, but once again Simien was in position to grab it off the rim. The Chukars were forced to foul as the clock rolled to under 20 seconds.

Marandyuk made 1 of 2 at the line to put the Saints up 75-73.

Treasure Valley guard John Fletcher dribbled through a crowd and got to the rim for a chance to tie, but his shot slid off the iron and who else was on the spot to take in the miss but Simien.

Mt. Hood center Mac Johnson led all scorers with 24 points, while Denzel Green didn’t miss a shot, going 5 for 5 from the field and 4 for 4 at the line for 15 points.

The Saints improved to 11-1.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Portland CC's Warren Edmondson flies to the basket during the Panthers' 97-85 win over Edmonds in the third-place game.

• Portland CC earned a 97-85 win over Edmonds in the third-place game. The Panthers went up 88-81 with 4:36 to play after Carl Appleton beat a double team along the baseline and floated under the hoop for a reverse layup.

Edmonds cut the gap to a one-possession game in the final minutes, but Portland ended the game on a nine-point surge. Josh Turner sparked the run by taking an inbound pass, dribbling out to the top of the 3-point arc before reversing direction and flying past two defenders for an easy layup.

Turner went 5 for 6 at the free-throw line in the final two minutes to put the game out of reach. He led the Panthers with 23 points, while Anthony Hines II finished with 14 and Warren Edmondson scored 12.

Portland improved to 7-4.