Vikings falter down the stretch

Umatilla'a Jorge Campos looks for a lane to drive through during the Vikings' 58-49 loss to Columbia (Wash.) High School of White Salmon on Monday at Umatilla High School. Campos scored nine points for the Vikings.

The fourth quarter was not very kind to the Umatilla boys’ basketball team in a 58-49 loss to Columbia (Wash.) on Monday at Umatilla High School.

After earning a lead — albeit slim — after the third quarter, 44-42, the Bruins went on an 8-0 run to begin the final frame and that was all they needed.

At the 5:28 mark of the fourth, Umatilla’s Forrest McBride drilled a 3-pointer for the top of the key to cut the lead to 50-47, but the Bruins responded with a bucket of their own.

Jorge Campos made true on a nifty move in the lane, spinning around a defender to finish at the rim to cut the lead to three again, this time at 52-49 with 3:08 left.

It became a free-throw shooting exhibition for the rest of the way — but not a very good one. The Bruins put up bricks and gave Umatilla a little hope near the end, but the Vikings couldn’t find the hole, either.

Columbia, located in White Salmon across the river from Hood River, shot just 17 of 32 from the charity stripe while Umatilla went 4 of 9.

When the Vikings were at their best, they were running the floor and finishing great in transition. The undersized Umatilla lineup took advantage of its quickness at times, but could never seem to string plays together to pull away.

Andres Sanguino displayed his quick hands by swatting a pass away from the Columbia point guard and taking it the distance for a layin, plus drawing a foul. He dropped the extra shot to give Umatilla a 34-31 lead with 5:09 left in the third.

The Vikings stretched the lead out to five with another fastbreak-bucket with under three minutes to play, but that was when everything started to unravel.

Columbia employed a full-court press that Umatilla broke at times, but stood strong at the end of third and into the fourth periods, leading to the Bruins’ come-from-behind victory.

McBride led the Vikings with 12 points while Sanguino, Campos and Marc Montez each scored nine. Columbia’s Mark Lovrin led all scorers with 26 points, including an 8 for 13 showing from the free throw line.

Umatilla will take on Pilot Rock at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Columbia River Clash tournament at Umatilla High School.

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