Timberwolves, Dawgs fall to Celts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Slow starts made for some intense moments but eventually led to a pair of wins for the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team last week. “We started off a little slow and unprepared in both games, but we definitely fixed that as the second halves started,” said Alex Martin, a McNary junior. The Celtics played Tualatin High School to a 56-43 win Tuesday, Dec. 8, then handed West Albany High School its most decisive defeat (58-40) so far this season Friday, Dec. 11. “I think we made good adjustments in the second half of both games. We shared the ball well and defended well in the second halves,” said Celt senior Harry Cavell. In the first frame of the game with the Timberwolves, McNary ran up a 10-point lead with the help of consistent shooting by junior Adam Harvey. Tualatin kept pressure high, closed the gap and then took a 20-17 lead just after the start of the second period. The Timberwolves rode the surge out through the end of the half. The teams went to the locker room with McNary trailing 31-30. “We had a competitive first half with Tualatin, but we gave up too many points,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. Celt Mathew Ismay tied the game from the foul line at the top of the third frame....

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