Boxers even up NWC record with win versus Lutes

Pacific relied on its post players to perform both inside and outside Saturday night as forwards Daniel Zitani and Mitch Wettig led the Boxers to a 72-69 victory over Pacific Lutheran in Northwest Conference men’s basketball action at the Stoller Center.

Zitani led all scorers with 25 points, and Wettig connected for 15 points, including three 3-pointers.

Zitani and Wettig helped Pacific (10-5, 3-3 NWC) snap a two-game losing streak and secure its second straight 10-win season. The Boxers, who matched their season low with five turnovers, shot 48.1 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from 3-point range.

Pacific controlled the pace for much of the first half but never found a way to shake the Lutes (4-11, 1-5 NWC) and led 34-27 at the break.

In the second half, the Lutes went on a 10-2 run late, cutting the margin to 67-64 on Arvid Isaksen’s layup with 55 seconds left. The teams traded 3-pointers on their next possessions before Riley Grandinetti iced the same with two free throws with nine seconds to go.

Pacific returns home on Friday, hosting Puget Sound for an 8 p.m. tip-off. On Saturday, the Boxers have an 8 p.m. contest at Linfield.

Vikings’ streak hits six games

The red-hot Forest Grove boys basketball team ran its win streak to six games by picking up two victories last week. On Jan. 14, the Vikings slipped by Tualatin 69-63, and on Friday, they topped Glencoe 64-45.

The wins upped the team’s record to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in Pacific Conference play.

Jon Cirlincione led the way against the Timberwolves, scoring 15 points and adding 10 rebounds. Ben Godfrey, Michael Garcia and Zac Collins recorded 12 points apiece.

Against Glencoe, Taylor Jensen poured in 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. In a game in which the two teams combined for 54 free throws, the sophomore guard went 10-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Cirlincione was in double figures with 12 points, while Godfrey added nine and Garcia chipped in eight.

Results of Forest Grove’s Tuesday game against Century were not available at press deadline. This Friday, the squad is on the road at McMinnville.

Braves rally for win against Buffs

Garrett Markham sank the game-winning free throws inside the final 20 seconds and Jerod Barger added two insurance points on Friday, when the Banks boys basketball team rallied for a 70-67 win at home against Madras.

The victory raised Banks’ record to 6-6 heading into Cowapa League play.

The Braves jumped to a 16-5 lead before the White Buffaloes rallied for a 37-36 halftime lead. Madras stayed hot into the second half, building to a 67-56 lead in the fourth.

But the Braves closed the game on a 14-0 run, shutting the Buffaloes out over the final 4½ minutes. Markham, who scored 15 points, hit his free throws to put Banks up 68-67. The Buffaloes then lost the ball out of bounds on their next possession and fouled Barger, who provided the final margin with two more points from the charity stripe.

Dallin Shurts led Banks with 16 points and seven rebounds. Devyn Renne and Keaton DeLonge added 13 points and 10 points, respectively.

The Braves opened league play at Yamhill-Carlton on Tuesday. Results were not available at press deadline. The team hosts Scappoose at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

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