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Wolves win league opener in overtime

Tualatin gets win at McMinnville before loss to Vikings


McMINNVILLE — The Tualatin boys basketball team started off Pacific Conference play with a thrilling, hard-fought win.

But the Timberwolves had to work a little extra to get that victory.

Tualatin rallied from a halftime deficit and then pulled ahead in overtime to get a 62-61 win over McMinnville in a conference opener played Friday at McMinnville High School.

McMinnville moved to 8-2 at that point on the season with the loss. The Wolves improved their overall mark to 5-6 at that point with the victory.

In Friday’s game, McMinnville held a 29-24 halftime lead. But junior Jacob Bennett fueled a second-half Tualatin rally, scoring 18 points after the intermission.

The teams finished regulation play tied at 54-54.

The Wolves took a 62-58 lead on a pair of free throws by sophomore Nathan Senger coming with 25.2 seconds left to play in overtime. McMinnville got a three-pointer from Bryce Anderson to make the score 62-61 with 12 seconds left in the extra session. The Grizzlies got two more shot attempts before the final buzzer, but weren’t able to connect, giving Tualatin the one-point win.

Bennett paced the Wolves in the victory with 27 points. Senior guard Joey Fishback added 10 points and sophomore Luke Osborn scored eight.

Tualatin had another close conference game on Tuesday, falling 69-63 to Forest Grove in a contest played at Tualatin High School.

The Vikings moved to 2-0 in Pacific Conference play and to 9-3 on the season. The Wolves moved to 1-1 and 5-7.

Bennett and Osborn each scored 14 points to lead the Wolves in Tuesday’s game and sophomore Danté Reid added 12 points.



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