Brandon Bautista led the way with a game-high 14 points as the Owls got by Warner Pacific 69-66 in tonight's CCC opener at Danny Miles Court. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – A Ryan Parks 3-point attempt to tie rimmed out with under eight seconds to play and Oregon Tech weathered a Warner Pacific comeback bid to earn a 69-66 victory in the opening day of Cascade Conference men’s basketball action tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech improved to 6-5 on the season and 1-0 in CCC play, as Head Coach Danny Miles continues to inch toward career-win 1,000, sitting at win 993 heading into tomorrow’s contest versus No. 13 Concordia University. WPC drops to 3-6 overall and 0-1 in the conference standings and next travels to Southern Oregon University tomorrow.
Warner Pacific opened up with a 17-6 push to lead with 11:45 to play in the opening period. The double digit lead would be short lived as a Tanner Manselle basket sparked a 10-0 Owl run, as the home team pulled to within a point at 17-16 with 9:38 to play in the opening half.
With WPC leading 21-20, the Knights closed the half on a 10-5 spurt to take a 31-25 advantage into intermission.
A 3-point play by Sean Gaines to open up the second stanza pushed Warner Pacific out to a 34-25 advantage, only to see Tech once again chip away at the visitors lead to trail by two points 48-46 at the midway point of the second half.
With 8:38 remaining to play a Duncan Schramm triple gave the Owls their first lead of the game. The contest would see-saw from there.
With 16 seconds on the clock, and the Owls clinging to a two point advantage, Brandon Bautista would hit his second of two free throw attempts to give Tech a 69-66 lead.
Warner Pacific would get the ball up court quickly with Ryan Parks finding a crease in the Owl defense and from 25 feet out saw his 3-point attempt to tie rim out. The Knights would grab the offensive board but were unable to get a shot off as time expired.
Brandon Bautista led Tech with 14 points and handed out six assists. Duncan Schramm added 13 points and five rebounds with Josh Johnson and Kyle Waits hitting for 10 points each and seven rebounds apiece in the win.
For WPC Doug Thomas finished with a team-high 13 points with William Sharp adding 12. Sean Gaines chipped in 11 and Michael Hall added nine points to go with his 10 rebounds.
Tech finished just 36.1% shooting on 22-for-61, but connected on 10 shots from the 3-point line. Warner Pacific connected on 52.2% from the field on 24-of-46 with a 5-for-15 effort from long range (33.3%). The Owls held a 36-31 advantage in rebounds