KEIZER – McNary overcame a 17-point, first-half deficit to beat visiting Bend 70-59 in a 6A Mountain Valley Conference game Tuesday night.
Bend came out hot in the first quarter to take a 25-8 lead, but the Celtics shut down the Lava Bears’ shooters in the second quarter to pull within 25-24 at half.
“We switched up our intensity,” McNary senior wing Griffin Oliveira said. “We became the aggressor instead of passive and letting them dictate the tempo. We ran in transition and we got buckets. That helped us boost our spirits, for sure.”
Senior post Boston Smith said the Celtics “brought it" on defense.
“I mean, they didn’t score a single point in that second quarter. That was huge,” Smith said. “We kept eating away at that lead until we got back in it.”
Smith and sophomore wing Nate Meithof led McNary’s offense in the second half, when Meithof scored 20 of his 26 points and Smith had 15 of his 22. The Celtics pulled ahead 44-38 after three quarters and pushed the lead to 12 points in the fourth quarter.
The game got heated as Bend was called for three technical fouls in the fourth quarter.
“We try not to let anything bother us. People get upset. It’s a high-emotion game,” Oliveira said.
After giving up 25 points in the first quarter, McNary held Bend to 34 points the rest of the way.
“Probably the first minute of the third quarter, we definitely came out a little flat,” Smith said. “Then we realized, ‘Hey, if we let off at all, they’re going to win this game. So we’ve got to bring it.’ Our defense won us that game.
“It was pretty difficult. I think we did a good job. Towards the end we started trading points, but I think we locked them up on defense pretty well.”
McNary (9-4, 2-1) and Bend (8-5, 2-1) are tied for third place, behind South Salem and West Salem, who are 3-0 in conference play.
Bend senior wing Justin Kerr hit three three-pointers in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 16 points.
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