Rangers come from behind, beat Indians

by: Clinton Vining, Colton Graves grabs a rebound against the Molalla Indians and guards the ball from Molalla’s Tarrance Glynn.

After losing one close one to Tillamook last week, the Rangers came from behind for an exciting victory over the Molalla Indians on Friday to move within a half-game of a four-way tie for first place in the Capital Conference.

The Rangers, 3-3, are one loss behind Cascade, Gladstone, Stayton and Molalla, all 3-2.

Molalla outscored the Rangers 11-5 in the first and picked up three more in the second for a 25-16 halftime score.

A 19-point third quarter gave the Rangers the edge over the Indians, who had taken a substantial lead in the first half.

Estacada scored 11 in the fourth to outscore the Indians 30-20 in the second half and claim the 46-45 victory.

As a team, the Rangers shot 88 percent from the foul line and 47 percent from the field. Jordan Nation, Gama Olivares and Cody Best each shot 50 percent from downtown, making one three-pointer each.

Alex Wallaert led the team with 10 points. He had help from Houston Webb, who had nine.

Olivares had two steals and Best had four assists.

The outcome was close, but not in favor of the Rangers last Tuesday, when the boys hosted Tillamook.

The Cheesemakers churned the Rangers 41-39.

Wallaert also led his team scoring in this game, with 12 points. He had five rebounds, a team high.

Webb and Best each shot 100 percent from the field. Webb was 4-for-4 with eight points. Best made one three-pointer.

Guard Mike Ellis had four steals against Tillamook.

The Rangers will host Stayton on Friday to begin the second round of the league season at 5:30 p.m.