Celts shoot out the lights in close loss

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Celt Braden Taylor goes up for a shot in McNary’s game with North Salem High School Tuesday, Jan. 29. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Celt Braden Taylor goes up for a shot in McNary’s game with North Salem High School Tuesday, Jan. 29. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School boys basketball had one of its most stellar performances of the season last week, but the Celts still came up short in a 64-61 loss to West Salem High School Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The 17-2, eighth-ranked Titans took a slight early lead in the first quarter outshooting the Celts 21-16. The McNary team stayed in the game by draining three point goals like water from a bathtub.

By the end of the night, McNary put a dozen treys in the net with Celt Isaiah Montano leading the way with five en route to his team-leading 18 points for the night.

“We were knocking down our threes for the first time in the year. We shot about 70 percent from the foul line,” said Celt Johnathan Doutt, a junior.

Doutt had three three-pointers in the game and Devon Dunagan, Hayden McCowan, Hunter Christenson and Braden Taylor had one each.

“We shared the ball and shot like 50 percent from the field. We put in some new offensive plays and they worked really well,” Montano said.

Doutt was nipping at Montano’s heels with 15 points for the night; Taylor and Dunagan put in seven each; Connor Goff had four; McCowan and Christenson had three each; and Jon Kiser and Hayden Gosling had two points each.

By the end of the third quarter, the Celtics held a one-point lead over the Titans, 49-48. But a few rushed plays in the final minutes gave West just enough time and space to edge the McNary team, said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach.


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