Viking boys tally two more wins

On Friday, the streak hit eight.

Thanks to a dramatic 58-54 win against Century last Tuesday and a 70-61 thriller on the road against McMinnville three days later, the Forest Grove boys basketball team ran its winning streak to eight games and its record to 12-3 overall and 5-0 in the Pacific Conference. The Vikings also rose to No. 4 in the OSAA Class 6A power rankings.

Against the visiting Jaguars, Forest Grove used a 14-7 second-quarter advantage to take a 26-18 halftime lead. Century won the second half 36-32 and hit more field goals overall than did Forest Grove (19 to 14), but the Vikings helped their cause by going 24-for-31 from the foul line.

Michael Garcia led the team with 17 points and four steals, and Taylor Jensen recorded 13 points, five rebounds and a steal. Angler Emerick added eight points, while Zac Collins had seven.

Against the Grizzlies, the Vikings used a wicked second half to pull off a come-from-behind win and help send McMinnville stumbling to a 1-4 league start after its 8-1 nonconference slate.

The Grizzlies led 32-27 at the intermission, but Forest Grove stormed back with a 43-point second-half onslaught. The Vikings shot 21-for-47 (44.7 percent) from the field — including 11 3-pointers — and four players hit double digits in scoring.

Collins had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Garcia scored 16 points, while Jon Cirlincione added 13 points and Emerick chipped in 12.

If the Vikings succeeded in getting past last-place Newberg on the road Tuesday (results not available at press deadline), that will set up a potential Friday showdown of unbeatens with reigning Pacific Conference champ Tigard. Tip-off is slated for 7:15 p.m. at Joe Moran Court.

Gaston boys run win streak to six

Last week was a big one for the Gaston boys basketball team.

The Greyhounds picked up victories against some of the top teams in the conference to take over sole possession of first place in the Northwest League. Those wins — against teams ranked fourth, second and third, respectively, in the league heading into this week — boosted Gaston’s undefeated run to six games.

Last Tuesday, the Hounds (12-5 overall, 9-1 Northwest) exacted some revenge on Riverdale, which took the first matchup 49-39 on Jan. 7. This time, Austin Waibel shot a blistering 13-for-15 from the field and scored 30 points in a 47-40 victory.

Austin Morey added four points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals, while Saheat Berisha notched four points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal.

That result set up a first-place showdown on Friday against Portland Christian, which also entered the contest with just one loss in league play. Led by Waibel’s double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, the Greyhounds outscored the Royals in every quarter en route to a 50-37 triumph.

Morey contributed nine points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal, and Connor Chervin had five points and four rebounds.

Hosting Knappa in their final game of the week on Saturday, the Hounds started slowly. They put up only 13 points in the first two quarters and trailed 35-26 after three. But they came roaring back in the fourth, outscoring the Loggers 21-8 over the final period for a 47-43 win.

Waibel (11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks) and Morey (11 points, nine rebounds, five assists) led the team, and Cole Waibel also hit double figures with 10 points.

Gaston takes on Delphian in Sheridan at 7:30 p.m. on Friday before returning home to play Faith Bible next Tuesday.

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