Mustangs fall to Elks, Knights

Posted on March 6th in Sports
 
Crane finishes season with 22-8 record
 
by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald
 

Zalin Arritola was named Player of the Game for Crane in both tournament games.

The Crane boys basketball team saw their season come to an end with two losses at the OSAA 1A State Basketball Tournament in Baker City.

 
The Mustangs faced Elkton in their tournament opener on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and lost 53-38.
 
Crane then went up against Columbia Christian in the consolation quarterfinals and came up just short in a 40-38 defeat.
 
In the opening game, the Elks got off to a fast start, leading 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, and extending the lead to 27-15 by halftime.
 
The Mustangs came out ready to play after the break, scoring the first nine points to cut the lead to 27-24 with just over six minutes to go in the third quarter.
 
Elkton then answered with a 10-0 run of their own and led 39-29 headed into the final period.
 
In the first minute of the fourth quarter, a free throw by Nic Nyman and a three-pointer by Travis Landon brought Crane to within 39-33, but that was as close as they would get as the Elks closed out the game with a 14 to five run.
 
The Mustangs were led by Zalin Arritola with 22 points and Nyman with six.
 
Arritola was also named the ODS Player of the Game for Crane.
 
        1    2     3     4   Final
Elk   15  12   12   14   53
Cra    7   8    14     9   38
 
Elkton (19-7)
 
Doudna, Tracey 6-15 3-4 16; Bowen, Brandon 6-17 3-3 16; Maxwell, Colton 5-13 3-6 13; Sky, Tyler 3-5 0-0 7; Buell, Austin 0-2 1-2 1; Leach, Gordon 0-0 0-0 0; Helgren, Nick 0-1 0-0 0; Dunas, Stanley 0-1 0-0 0; Dunas, Luke 0-1 0-0 0; Murphy, Justice 0-0 0-0 0; Evoniuk, John 0-7 0-0 0; Isaacson, Mitch 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-62 10-15 53.
 
Crane (22-6)
 
Arritola, Zalin 8-17 4-9 22; Nyman, Nic 2-13 1-2 6; Opie, Tyler 1-3 1-2 3; Landon, Travis 1-3 0-0 3; Hammond, Corbin 1-2 0-0 2; Witzel, Matt 1-6 0-0 2; Schulze, Blaise 0-0 0-0 0; Witzel, Nick 0-0 0-0 0; Nyman, Quinton 0-0 0-0 0; Starbuck, Wyatt 0-0 0-0 0; Valentine, Joe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-44 6-13 38.
3-point goals–Elkton 3-15 (Sky, Tyler 1-1; Bowen, Brandon 1-5; Doudna, Tracey 1-2; Helgren, Nick 0-1; Evoniuk, John 0-4; Buell, Austin 0-2), Crane 4-13 (Arritola, Zalin 2-4; Nyman, Nic 1-5; Landon, Travis 1-2; Witzel, Matt 0-1; Hammond, Corbin 0-1). 
 
Fouled out-Elkton-Maxwell, Colton, Crane-None.
 
Rebounds-Elkton 40 (Doudna, Tracey 8), Crane 35 (Arritola, Zalin 9).
 
Assists-Elkton 5 (Bowen, Brandon 2), Crane 8 (Landon, Travis 3). 
 
Total fouls-Elkton 14, Crane 9. Technical fouls–Elkton-None, Crane-Opie, Tyler.
 
 •••
The following day against Columbia Christian, Arritola hit a three-pointer to give the Mustangs a quick 3-0 lead, but the Knights sank two treys of their own and went on to lead 12-8 at the end of the first period.
 
Neither team could find the basket in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but with about four-and-a-half minutes to play in the half, Nyman’s three-pointer brought Crane to within one at 15-14.
 
The Knights maintained their lead however and led 18-16 at half.
 
The Mustangs took the lead in the third quarter on back-to-back baskets by Arritola and Tyler Opie.
 
Down by two, Columbia Christian came back to tie the score at 21-21, and grabbed a 28-24 lead by the end of the quarter.
 
Crane came back to tie the game twice in the fourth quarter, and then got ahead 35-33 on a bucket by Matt Witzel with 3:44 to play.
 
The Knights went on a 7-0 run over the next couple of minutes and led 40-35 with about a minute-and-a-half to play.
 
Witzel then hit a trey to bring the Mustangs to within two with 27 seconds left, but Crane couldn’t get a final shot to fall, and Columbia Christian escaped with the victory.
 
Arritola finished with 15 points and Opie added 10.
 
Arritola again received ODS Player of the Game honors for the Mustangs.
 
The Mustangs finished the season with a 22-8 record.
 
        1    2    3    4     Final
Cra  8    8    8   14      38
CC  12   6   10   12     40
 
Crane (22-7)
 
Arritola, Zalin 5-19 2-3 15; Opie, Tyler 5-13 0-1 10; Witzel, Matt 3-6 1-2 8; Nyman, Nic 1-9 0-0 3; Landon, Travis 1-4 0-0 2; Jack Bentz 0-0 0-0 0; Hammond, Corbin 0-1 0-0 0; Witzel, Nick 0-0 0-0 0; Nyman, Quinton 0-0 0-0 0; Valentine, Joe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-52 3-6 38.
 
Columbia Christian (20-9)
 
Getting, Connor 5-13 7-7 18; Bristol, Robert 4-11 7-10 15; Moody, Luke 2-8 0-0 5; Poole, Coby 1-2 0-0 2; Allen, Eric 0-5 0-0 0; Vensel, Daniel 0-1 0-0 0; Aguilar, Lucas 0-1 0-0 0; Hammond, Israel 0-8 0-0 0. Totals 12-49 14-17 40.
 
3-point goals–Crane 5-25 (Arritola, Zalin 3-10; Witzel, Matt 1-2; Nyman, Nic 1-8; Hammond, Corbin 0-1; Landon, Travis 0-1; Opie, Tyler 0-3), Columbia Christian 2-19 (Getting, Connor 1-3; Moody, Luke 1-7; Allen, Eric 0-3; Vensel, Daniel 0-1; Hammond, Israel 0-3; Bristol, Robert 0-2). 
 
Fouled out-Crane-None, Columbia Christian-None. 
 
Rebounds-Crane 32 (Witzel, Matt 9), Columbia Christian 41 (Getting, Connor 12). 
 
Assists-Crane 6 (Nyman, Nic 3), Columbia Christian 1 (Moody, Luke 1). 
 
Total fouls-Crane 16, Columbia Christian 10. 
 
Technical fouls-Crane-None, Columbia Christian-None.
 
City Christian won the 1A title with a 41-39 win over Horizon Christian, Hood River. Hosanna Christian beat Elkton 58-49 in the third-place game, and Imbler won the consolation final 60-42 over Columbia Christian.

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