Keizer, Oregon –
The Celtics defeated the Rebels 48-34 at the home finale, keeping South Albany at a minimum of 34 points of the season.
McNally’s point guard, Jund Gonzalez, tries to shoot through South Albany’s Logan Parker (KEIZERTIMES).
Their attacks did not fire on all cylinders, but the defense took the slack of McNally’s boys basketball team.
McNally held South Albany to the lowest 34 points of the season with a 48-34 victory over the rebels on Wednesday, June 23.
“I thought our defense was great,” said Ryan Curch, head coach of McNally. “I’m proud of our group. Our depth and quality of play are skyrocketing. We really feel good about where we are.”
Nate Mateov led the road to the Celtics with 16 points.
Despite being one of the state’s top scorers, Meithof struggled aggressively early on, winning the opening round 1-7.
McNally dragged 7-6 after the first quarter, but after being scoreless for more than six minutes, Celtics point guard Jund Gonzalez drilled one from behind the arc. Tyler Copeland earned three times his own drop moment to raise McNally to 12-7.
After South Albany cut the lead to 2, Gonzales nailed another three-pointer, and Kyler Rodriguez hit a deep one to extend the Celtics lead to 18-10.
“We got some energy from the bench and got a lot of open shots,” said Copeland.
The barrage of three points continued in the second quarter as Copeland knocked down another triple from the baseline and Evan Cornell made three from the corner and gave the Celtics six triples.
“We really tried to dribble and distort the defense. We want to shoot the three, but we want to make sure the ball is touching the paint first,” Curch said. “Move the ball left and right to have the team guard, and you’ll get easier shots.”
A chip dunk from Meithof and a steal and layup by Jabol Balos caused the Celtics to break 28-16.
Meithof won a pair of hoops to open the second half, but McNary experienced another dry spell for over four minutes without a bucket. However, the Celtics were able to maintain a double-digit advantage by limiting South Albany to just 6 points in the third quarter.
McNally also confirmed that there was no easy hoop, keeping South Albany star Isaiah Liam of the Midwill Ramet Player of the Year at 18 points (8 points below the season average).
“He had to make everything. He had to score us and many others didn’t get into the rhythm. His basket was hard and difficult.” Said Curch.
McNally finished the third quarter with Rodriguez’s buzzer beater, raising McNally to 36-22. Matehof then ran himself 7-0, opening the fourth quarter and giving the Celtics the biggest lead in the game at 43-22.
“I just wanted to go to the rack,” Meithof said.
“We have a depth of 10. What you see is the depth when you reach the third and fourth quarters,” Kirch added.
After winning consecutive Mountain View and Bend wins on June 24-25, McNally ends the season with a record of 13-4.
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