JV boys take CVC title with 11-2 record

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Austin Stone cuts between two defenders in the McNary junior varsity boys basketball team’s game with Sprague. The junior varsity Celts won the Central Valley Conference title. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Austin Stone cuts between two defenders in the McNary junior varsity boys basketball team’s game with Sprague. The junior varsity Celts won the Central Valley Conference title. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School boys junior varsity basketball team’s last game of the season came down to the final seconds and the Celtics were trailing by two points.

The team’s opponent, Sprague High School, had taken an early lead in the game and rode it through to halftime. But, in the game’s waning seconds, sophomore Oscar Garcia got off a three-pointer and drained it for the win.

The circumstances of the win cemented coach Jaren Jones’s take on the team members as a whole.

“They have a winning mentality and ability to stay in the moment, not worrying about the score. We know if we play our game and focus on our execution, we are a very good team,” said Jones. “That mentality allowed us to win the battle on rebounds, hustle points, and 50/50 balls. Both teams battled, but late in the game against Sprague is when we executed at our best.”


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