Boxers fall short in Tacoma against UPS

TACOMA, Wash.- The Pacific University men’s basketball team dropped a game on the road Friday night 76-65 in Tacoma. The Boxers tried to make a series of comebacks throughout the game, but they ran out of time for their final attempt.

Pacific (5-11, 1-6 NWC) was led by Lucas Winkler (freshman/Portland, OR) and Jacob Bolger (Junior/Portland, OR) who each contributed 13 points. Winkler had an efficient night at long range by converting all three of his attempts, while also leading the team with both six rebounds and six assists.

Puget Sound (8-9, 3-5 NWC) was able to shoot the ball extremely well from deep going 9-16 (56.3%) on the night. Paul Johnson led the way for the home side with 22 points in 35 minutes of action.

How it happened

The Boxers started slow to open the game, turning it around on three of their first four possessions. The Boxers began to settle on the offensive end with a layup and three-pointer on back-to-back offensive possession, both coming from Jared Cattell (Senior/Bremerton, Washington). After the first media timeout, the Loggers were able to go on a 9-0 that previously lasted 2:23 Ethan Chung (Junior/San Ramon, CA) was able to navigate traffic in the lane and convert a layup. The Loggers forced a Boxer timeout with 10 minutes left in the opening half after three consecutive three-pointers. Mario Mora (Senior/Bend, OR) was able to knock down his first three point field goal and end a 1-10 long range drought. The Boxers were able to go on a 14-2 run and force five Puget Sound turns in a bid to finish the opening half strong. When the teams went to the locker room, the Boxers trailed 45-33. Loggers’ 12-point lead was behind shooting 8-11 (72.7%) from long range. In the first half, the Boxers surpassed the Loggers 22-10 on points in the paint.

The Loggers opened the second half by extending the lead to 53-37 in the under-16 media timeout. The Loggers achieved this as their defense forced the Boxers to open the half by going 2-9 from the floor . The Boxers were able to narrow the deficit to a single digit, 56-47, after a Bolger steal and layup at 12:36 on the half. Winkler wouldn’t increase the Boxers’ lead by knocking down a pair of three-pointers en route to a 3-3 shot into the night from long range. A free throw from Cattell with 3:13 to go would put the Boxers in seventh place. The Loggers were scoreless for 2:58 before converting three free throws with 1:53 left in the game. Cattell would convert a long range shot with 32.5 seconds left, making the score 74-65. The Loggers would convert two free throws on the way to the 76-65 win.

By the numbers

  • The Boxers defeated the Loggers 36-26 on points in the paint.
  • Pacific registered 7 players with double digit minutes

Next one

The Boxers will close the first half of the conference game on Saturday night against Willamette with a scheduled 6 p.m. tip at the Stoller Center in Forest Grove.

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