PREPS: Grant boys just miss on 4th place
The Grant High boys basketball team got to play a bit of extra ball on Saturday morning at Chiles Center. But they would have preferred not to.
The Generals missed potential winning shots at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime, then fell to West Salem 73-70 in the fourth-place game at the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A basketball tournament.
The Generals finished the season with an 18-10 record and were sixth in the tourney.
Sophomore point guard Aaron Deloney scored 31 points, including a half-court basket at the end of the first quarter, but didn't get the ball to drop on three shots to win the game.
At the end of the fourth quarter, Grant held the ball for more than two minutes with the score tied at 53-53. But after two timeouts, Deloney was forced to attempt a long 3-pointer that missed.
At the end of the first overtime, Deloney was able to get into the key, but his short jumper and follow-up attempt both rolled off.
"I got there. I had two really good looks. The ball just didn't go our way," Deloney said.
Kelton Samore had 12 points, Ty Rankin 11 and Damon Hickok 10 for the Generals.
Grant struggled against the West Salem zone defense and finished 4 for 22 on 3-pointers and shot 34 percent from the floor.
Grant coach Robert Key said he wanted his team to spread the floor late in the fourth quarter to bring the Titans (23-6) out of their zone defense. West Salem did that, but was able to keep the Generals on the perimeter.
"If they saw an isolation situation, we were going to take it," Key said.
Grant outrebounded West Salem 47-36 and scored 18 second-chance points from 25 offensive boards. Deloney, Samore and Grant Ewell Jr. each had nine rebounds and Rankin had eight.