No one takes over Vikings territory.
The Umatilla boys held firm on their home court Saturday for a 38-25 win over Nixyaawii in Championship game of the Columbia River Clash.
“It feels great to win our home tournament,” Umatilla coach Scott Bow said. “We were a little slow offensively, but holding a team like Nixyaawii to just 25 points speaks volumes for our defense.”
With the score tied at 5-5 with 3 minutes to play in the first quarter, Vikings guard Sebastian Garcia hit two consecutive 3-pointers to break to game open.
Down 13-7 going into the second quarter, Nixyaawii (5-1) rallied for a 14-13 lead when guard Moses Moses found the net. Guards Magi Moses and Mick Schimmel then combined for seven more points for a 21-18 lead at the half.
Schimmel sank a shot to open the second half, but Umatilla (5-1) held the Golden Eagles scoreless the remainder of the third quarter and reclaimed the lead as post Jakeb Cook put up a shot with 5 seconds remaining.
“We started running our offense better,” Bow said. “We were hiding in the wrong spots in the first half, but we finally started putting ourselves in better positions to score.”
The Vikings held tight to the lead for the rest of the game, allowing just one Golden Eagles basket. Umatilla scored 11 unanswered points down the stretch.
“I expected us to win this tournament,” said Garcia, who led the Vikings with 15 points. “Nixyaawii is tough and can hit shots that a lot of people can’t, but we play at a high skill level.”
Golden Eagles head coach Shane Rivera said Umatilla’s experience got the best of his team.
“They’re senior-dominated,” Rivera said. “That usually equals success. I have to give it to Umatilla — they capitalized where we didn’t. We rushed some shots and didn’t play with patience.”
Schimmel led the Golden Eagles with 10 points. Moses Moses had eight.
UMATILLA JV 47, HELIX 37 -- Helix dropped their shot at seventh place after falling to Umatilla’s JV team.
The Grizzlies (1-5) host College Place on Friday.
RIVERSIDE 58, STANFIELD 42 -- Johan Pena posted 14 points and Cristian Rea had 11 as the Pirates picked up the third-place trophy.
The Pirates were down 24-21 at the half, but scored 23 points in the third quarter to pull ahead. Eduardo Nunez scored 11 points for the Tigers.
UMATILLA 41, NIXYAAWII 33 -- The Vikings won the consolation championships after topping the Golden Eagles.
STANFIELD 39, MAC-HI 28 -- The Tigers won the battle for seventh place in the Clash’s final round.
Savannah Sharp led the Tigers (2-5) with 14 points. Nyah Tejada followed with 10 points.