Banks High wins a showcase game Friday night at the Moda Center

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAVID BALL - Banks guard Devyn Renne works to get around Estacadas Jacob Johnson during the teams 51-49 win Friday at the Moda Center. PORTLAND — The Banks boys basketball team lost its shooting touch down the stretch Friday, but a solid effort on the boards saved the day for the Braves in a 51-49 win over 4A Estacada in a game played at the Moda Center.

Banks appeared to be in command, stretching out to a 48-41 lead after center Dallin Shurts hit back-to-back shots down low as the clock rolled under four minutes.

But Estacada put together a final charge with Chris Smith connecting on a pull-up jumper from the edge of the free-throw line, and Kyle Beguelin swishing a 3 from the corner.

Banks answered with a pair of free throws by Devyn Renne, but Estacada stayed within reach after Doug Kirchhofer scrambled to pick a pass off his shoes and recovered in time to send a short jumper over the front of the rim.

The hustle play brought the Rangers within 50-48 with 26.1 seconds left.

Estacada put on a full-court press, and the Braves struggled to get the ball over the half-court line. The Rangers’ Alec Barstad left his feet to intercept a long pass, and Smith was fouled on his way to the hoop. The Rangers senior made his first free throw, but the second try bounced off the rim.

Estacada was within a point with 10.8 seconds left, but wouldn’t touch the ball again until it was too late.

Needing to foul to stop the clock, Estacada sent Banks guard Garrett Markham to the line. He made 1 of 2, but the Rangers couldn’t corral the miss. Instead, Keaton DeLonge jumped high and knocked the ball out to the perimeter where teammate Devin King clamped onto it and waited to be fouled.

He came up empty of both of his tries, but Markham was on the spot for the rebound.

The ball was eventually poked loose along the baseline, but by the time the Rangers could gain possession they had time only for a full-court heave that came up far short.

“We get the misses we needed, but they grab the offensive boards and that can’t happen,” Rangers coach Kevin Kirchhofer said. “But our guys didn’t give up — they played hard to the end.”

Renne led the Braves with 18 points, while Barstad had 14 for Estacada.

Banks evened its record at 3-3 heading into a holiday tournament at Sisters High this week.

The Braves appeared to be in full command on Friday’s game after building a 19-point first-half lead. Devin King converted a rare four-play play after being hacked on a long ball in front of the Rangers bench. Meanwhile, Renne was red hot from the perimeter, drilling four straight 3s. His swish from the corner put the Braves up 36-17 with only a few minutes until halftime.

“I just came out hot,” Renne said. “I knew I was going to make it, so I just tried to keep it going. That gave us a lot of momentum, and it felt good to play with the lead.”

The treys came from NBA range on the Trailblazers home court.

Estacada finished the half on a nine-point run to give itself a chance after the break.

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