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Diego Arredondo led the Cougars with 30 points, including a 3-pointer at the end of regulation

PMG PHOTO: DEREK WILEY - Canby junior Diego Arredondo scored 30 points in an overtime loss to McNary Friday night.

Canby junior Diego Arredondo knocked down a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

But the magic ended there as the Cougars fell 66-60 to McNary Friday night in a Class 6A non-league boys basketball game.

Canby trailed by only two points, 27-25, at halftime, but the Celtics opened the second half on a 10-0 run to take control of the game.

Arredondo made a 3-pointer with four minutes remaining in the third quarter to end Canby's drought and get the Cougars within 37-28.

Canby appeared to tie the game early in the fourth quarter on two Ben Bailey free throws, but the second was called off on a lane violation.

The Cougars trailed by five points with 45 seconds remaining in the game. But another Arredondo 3-pointer got Canby within two, 49-47. Arredondo was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw.

McNary junior Nate Meithof then made one of two free throws to set up Arredondo's game-tying shot at the end of regulation on an inbounds pass from Bailey with 3.5 seconds remaining.

"Ben gave me a good pass and I knew I had to shoot it because there wasn't much time left," said Arredondo, who finished with 30 points to lead Canby. "It felt great coming off my hands. I thought it was in as soon as I shot it. I was so happy, but I knew I had to stay focused because we had overtime."

McNary freshman Jando Gonzalez scored on a three-point play at the start of overtime. Meithof, who finished with 36 points, then threw down a monster dunk over a Canby defender in the final minute to finish off the Cougars.

"We were still riding on that high and we just didn't come back down," Arredondo said of the overtime period. "We couldn't recover."

Without two of its key players, senior Ronan Gay and junior Riley Knutson, Canby head coach was proud of the way the Cougars battled back from a 12-point second half deficit to force overtime.

"That's tough coming back," Evans said. "I thought our kids battled hard. We kept fighting."

Canby entered the contest on a five game winning streak after going 3-0 at the Century/Hillsboro tournament on Dec. 26-28.

The Cougars dominated Reynolds 75-40 to open the tournament.

Arredondo and Alexander Evans each had 20 points. Bailey added 11 points.

Canby then defeated Century 59-50.

Bailey had 21 points. Evans and Arredondo finished with 13 and 12, respectively.

The Cougars finished the tournament with a 57-45 victory over Glencoe.

Aftanom Ovchinnikoff had 15 points. Bailey added 11.

"I thought we really came together," coach Evans said. "We played really well. We let the game come to us. We didn't force anything."

Canby begins league play on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Tigard.

Derek Wiley
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