Boys rebound, beat Olympians

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Much to the relief of players and coaches, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team was able to rebound from a loss to the South Salem Saxons last week. “They expect to win games and when they lose they’re upset, but the part I like is how coachable they’ve been after the two losses we’ve had,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. The Saxons’ win over the Celtics Tuesday, Jan. 5, gave South the lead slot in the Greater Valley Conference. McNary settled into second place. “It’s always tough losing, but we took away a lot of things we need to do on the defensive end. We have to cut turnovers in the long run and that’s something we’re still working on,” said Mathew Ismay, a McNary junior. McNary didn’t spend long nursing their wounds. Kirch and assistant coach Marc McAvoy said the team had one of its best practices the following day. “(The loss) really refocused us and motivated us to come out and have great practices,” said junior Cade Goff. By Friday, Jan. 8, the Celtics were back to hitting on all cylinders, taking a 60-52 win over Sprague High School on the road. McNary had a 15-13 lead after the first frame and extended it to 36-24 by halftime. The Keizer team was able to ride the lead...

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