Umatilla boys push way past Pioneers in fourth quarter

Mac-Hi’s Ricardo Alva looks for a shot against the Umatilla defense in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game.

Mac-Hi’s Ricardo Alva looks for a shot against the Umatilla defense in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game.

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MILTON-FREEWATER — It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but McLoughlin High’s boys stayed competitive headed into the fourth quarter before Umatilla ran to a 54-41 non-league basketball victory here Tuesday.

The Pioneers fell behind 15-1 one minute into the second quarter, fought back, finishing the quarter on an 18-3 run and went into intermission leading, 19-18.

“We came out on fire,” Umatilla coach Scott Bow said, “and then we got a little flat. We let them make their run. It was a game of runs.”

“We started out the game and were down big and it was tough to come back,” Mac-Hi coach Travis Chester said. “We did come back and get that one-point lead going into the locker room at half.

“At times, we shot the ball really well and then we would go cold,” Chester said. “We wouldn’t get the looks we wanted or we would force a shot or two.”

Mac-Hi got 12 of their 18 second-quarter-run points from Carlos Angel – including three from behind the arc.

In all, Mac-Hi connected seven times from downtown — four from Angel, two from Adrian Zaragoza and one from Alex Saldana.

A tight third quarter left Umatilla up by two points going into the fourth, with the Pioneers hanging with Umatilla on three of its seven treys.

Mac-Hi post Jake Podolski tied the game at 32-all and 34-all on buckets late in the third and early in the fourth, as he finished with 10 points in the game.

The Pioneers were outscored in the fourth 20-9, to lose by double digits.

“Offensively, we (Mac-Hi) just really struggled in the fourth (quarter),” Chester said. “You can’t complain about those looks that we got. They swarmed to the ball — three or four bodies — and if we didn’t pass out quickly, we lost it.”

“Our execution and hustle were there tonight,” Bow said. “We did a really good job of flying around and creating some turnovers.”

The Vikings pestered the Pioneers into committing 20 turnovers, while giving up 17 loose balls.

Mac-Hi had just six attempts from the free-throw line, connecting on four, while the Vikings had 24 chances, making 15.

The Pioneers (0-2 GOL, 5-11 overall) travel to Baker Friday, and the Vikings (10-10 overall) visit Vale on Saturday.

UMATILLA 54, MAC-HI 41

UMATILLA (54) —Ayala 2 4-8 8, E. Garcia 4 0-0 10, Sanguino 1 0-0 3, Contreras 1 0-0 2, Jaime 3 0-1 6, D. Garcia 0 0-0 0, Simmons 0 0-0 0, Morales 2 2-4 6. Totals 18 15-24.

MAC-HI (41) — Correa 1 0-0 2, Ng 0 0-0 0, Zaragoza 2 0-0 6, Rodriguez 1 0-0 2, Saldana 1 0-0 3, Manon 0 0-0 0, Alvaraz 0 0-0 0, Angel 5 2-4 15, Zitterkopf 0 0-0 0, Alva 1 0-0 2, Podolski 4 2-2 10. Totals 15 4-6 41.

Umatilla 13 5 16 20 — 54

Mac-Hi 1 18 13 9 — 41

3-point goals — Umatilla 3 (E. Garcia 2, Sanguino), Mac-Hi 7 (Angel 4, Zaragoza 2, Saldana). Total fouls — Umatilla 4, Mac-Hi 17. Fouled out — Mac-Hi (Alva, Saldana). Technical fouls — Mac-Hi (Saldana). Rebounds — Umatilla 24 (Murguia 6), Mac-Hi 23 (Angel 7). Turnovers — Umatilla 20, Mac-Hi 17.

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