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Gresham starts fast, closes out Warriors

Aloha misses a series of 3-pointers in the final minute Tuesday night


by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Gresham's Devauntae Hoffman guards Aloha's Jay Garmondeh during the Gophers' 43-38 win Tuesday night.

The Gresham boys basketball team got off to a quick start and never trailed during a 43-38 home win over Aloha on Tuesday night.

All five Gresham starters found their way into the scorebook in the first quarter when guard Austin Spicer took a handoff at the top of the arc and drove to the basket for an underhand layin and a 19-14 Gophers lead.

Aloha cut into the margin in the second half and had a chance to take the lead after Justice McEntarffer made a steal a midcourt with little more than a minute to play. But the Warriors saw a 3-point try rim out and were forced to foul down the stretch.

Gresham’s Nico Estibar sealed the victory when he anticipated his own miss from the free-throw line, pulled down the rebound and was fouled again while dribbling away from a crowd of defenders.

“They didn’t close out, so I crashed the boards and took advantage of it,” Estibar said.

He sank his next foul shot to put Gresham ahead by five points with 0:17 on the clock.

Aloha failed to connect on a series of late 3-point tries.

Gresham (2-0) faces another Metro League test Friday when it travels to Beaverton (2-0).

Look for extended game coverage in the Friday, Dec. 7, print edition.

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