Rangers suffer a near miss against Astoria
4A BOYS BASKETBALL
The Estacada boys basketball team has played two games this season that have been decided by 10 points or fewer — last week they won one of those — almost.
The Rangers built a lead that reached as high as 10 points in the first half against Astoria before falling into a back-and-forth battle in the fourth quarter. Estacada held the upper hand heading into the final minute, but the Fishermen hit a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds left for the winning points to slip past the Rangers 41-40.
Astoria missed a late free throw to give Estacada one last possession, but the Rangers missed twice on their end when the buzzer sounded.
"We played good defense and made some shots — we gave ourselves a chance," Rangers coach Kelly Norman said.
Estacada travels to Madras at 7 p.m. Friday and returns home Tuesday for a home doubleheader Tuesday against Corbett, beginning with the girls game at 5:30 p.m.
Look for expanded coverage ahead in our Jan. 18, print edition.