W-P rally falls short to Pioneers

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MILTON-FREEWATER — McLoughlin High’s Carlos Angel scored 17 points to lead his team to a 55-51 overtime victory over Waitsburg-Prescott in the Pioneer gym Tuesday night.

Three Pioneers scored in double figures to offset 21 points and 17 rebounds from Waistburg-Prescott’s Corey Brownlee.

“He (Corey Brownlee) is a stud and hard to handle,” Mac-Hi coach Travis Chester said. “He is an athlete that can jump out of the gym and he has all the tools inside.”

Mac-Hi’s Adrian Zaragoza hit three from downtown to tally 11 points, and Ricardo Alva added 11 points to go with 11 boards for the double-double.

Contributions were up and down the Pioneer lineup, with Moises Manon hitting two from behind the arc to score seven points and Jake Podolski adding six points and seven rebounds before fouling out.

W-P’s Chance Leroue scored 13 points for the visitors.

It was a hotly contested battle that Mac-Hi led 21-17 at intermission, and the Pioneers held a 10-point lead heading into the fourth.

In the third quarter, Zaragoza hit all three of his long-range shots and Podolski added a three-point play with the bucket, foul and free throw.

In that stanza, Mac-Hi outscored W-P 17-11.

Brownlee scored seven points in W-P’s fourth-quarter 14-4 comeback that forced overtime.

“W-P was down big a couple of times, but kept fighting back and would not go away,” Chester said. “They made big shots down the stretch and came to compete.”

In the extra period, Mac-Hi outlasted W-P, 13-9, behind five points by Alva – including a long-distance shot – and three points from Angel.

“Kids were clutch down the stretch,” Chester said. “We missed a few free throws and had a few turnovers, but the way we’ve been playing basketball lately – we’ve had our head down. It was good to see the energy tonight and the competition against a good basketball team.”

The Pioneers (4-7) host Weston-McEwen at 6:30 p.m. Saturday before starting league play on Tuesday at La Grande.

Mac-Hi 55, Waitsburg-Prescott 51, OT

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (51) — Dunn 0 0-0 0, Larsen 0 0-0 0, Peerson 0 0-0 0, Dozier 0 0-0 0, Acevedo 0 4-4 4, Alexenko 1 0-0 2, Lanning 3 2-2 8, Campbell 1 0-1 3, Leroue 6 1-4 13, Brownlee 9 3-9 21. Totals 20 9-19 51.

MAC-HI (55) — Correa 0 0-0 0, Zaragoza 3 2-2 11, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Saldana 0 1-2 1, Manon 2 1-2 7, Angel 5 7-11 17, Zitterkopf 1 0-0 2, Alva 5 0-2 11, Podolski 3 0-1 6. Totals 19 11-20 55.

W-P 11 6 11 14 9 — 51

Mac-Hi 11 10 17 4 13 — 55

3-point goals — W-P (Campbell), Mac 6 (Zaragoza 3, Manon 2, Alva). Total fouls — W-P 16, Mac 13. Fouled out –—Mac (Podolski). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — 33 (Brownlee 17), Mac 17 (Alva, Podolski 7). Turnovers — W-P 21, Mac 18.

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