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Braves slip past Valley Catholic for league win

Banks girls get back on a winning track against the Valiants


One week after falling to Seaside, the Banks girls basketball team rebounded with a big win against a top-10 team.

The Braves clipped No. 8 Valley Catholic 46-43 in overtime last Friday night to get a much-needed victory and further shuffle the Cowapa League standings with six games left in the regular season.

Banks (11-7, 3-1) now sits alone in second place, a game behind Seaside (14-4, 4-0) and a game ahead of league newcomer Valley Catholic (13-5, 2-2).

Ariel Slifka scored a game-high 17 points for Banks on Friday, including a three-point play with nine seconds left in overtime that proved to be the difference in the game.

The Braves led by three points at halftime and maintained that advantage in the fourth quarter until the Valiants knocked down a 3-pointer that tied the score at 38-38 and forced overtime.

The score was tied at 43-43 with less than a minute remaining in the extra session when Jamie Borchers came away with a steal. She got the ball to Cassie Streblow, who pushed it ahead to Slifka for a layup and a foul. The ensuing free throw gave Banks a 46-43 lead, and Valley Catholic failed to get a shot off on its final possession.

In addition to Slifka’s 17-point effort, Madison Soper and Streblow scored six points apiece.

Banks finished the first half of league play on Tuesday against Scappoose, but results were not available at press deadline. Next up, the Braves host Astoria on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Boxers beat Pacific Lutheran, Linfield in NWC hoops action

The Pacific men’s basketball team secured a pair of Northwest Conference victories last week to get back to the .500 mark in league play.

Pacific (10-9, 5-5 NWC) beat Linfield 66-52 on Friday night, then followed that up with a 72-67 victory over Pacific Lutheran on Saturday.

The Boxers blistered the nets in the first half against Linfield, shooting 8-of-16 from 3-point range to jump out to a 34-27 halftime lead. Mitch Wettig scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the first half, including four shots from long range, and Linfield never got closer than six points in the second half.

Bobby Ahern added 13 points for Pacific, including three 3-pointers, while Coby Proctor scored 10. In addition to his 16 points, Wettig finished just short of a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds.

Things were considerably closer on Saturday against PLU, but Pacific made 9-of-13 free throws in the final minute of the game to ice the victory.

The Boxers led by as many as 16 points in the second half, but watched the Lutes roar back to take a short-lived 55-54 lead with 3:54 to go. Pacific regained the lead on its next possession and built a six-point lead with less than a minute to play, but still had to fend off the Lutes as they came within one point with 17 seconds left. The Boxers closed out the game with four straight makes at the foul line.

Riley Grandinetti led Pacific with 17 points, making 5-of-7 from 3-point range, including a trey with 1:12 left that firmly moved the momentum in Pacific’s direction. Proctor added 14 points while Wettig and Michael Garcia each scored nine.

Boxers take on Trail Blazers in local mascot competition

The Pacific Boxers scored an upset win in the first round and now look to take out the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of portlandsports.com’s competition to determine the best mascot in the area.

To vote in the contest, visit portlandsports.com and look for links to the contest.

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