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.”
For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the March 1 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in Keizer.