PORTLAND, Ore. – After 10 ties, 16 lead changes and an overtime period, Warner Pacific College outlasted Oregon Tech, 83-80, in the final Cascade Conference regular season men’s basketball contest of the season tonight at C.C. Perry Gymnasium in Portland.
Oregon Tech led by as many as seven points in the opening half, 24-17, with 12:40 on the clock, but WPC would battle back and take a 42-37 lead into intermission.
WPC continued to push their lead to 12 points just four minutes into the second half, as Tech trailed 52-40 with 16:41 remaining to play.
The Owls would use the next five minutes to outscore the Knights 16-4, tying the contest at 56-all nearing the midway point. The teams went back-and-forth from that point. Tied 72-72 WPC went to the free throw line with 15 seconds to play looking to go ahead, but a miss on their try gave Tech a chance to win in regulation.
After trying to crack the Knights’ zone defense, Duncan Schramm found a crease and with time running out his 10 foot leaner came up shy sending the game to overtime.
Oregon Tech took the first lead in the extra period, on a pair of Austen Flint free throws, WPC tied the game, and next took a 76-74 lead. Schramm connected from long range on Tech’s next possession, giving the Owls a 77-76 advantage, but back-to-back freebies saw WPC go up once again.
With 47 seconds remaining, Flint lifted the Owls to an 80-78 lead after his triple, but that would be Tech’s last score. WPC’s Josh Black hit a 3-pointer on their next possession giving the Knights an 81-80 advantage, eventually moving up 83-80 on two Sean Gaines free throws with 3.5 seconds to go.
Tech inbounded the ball to half court where Flint split a pair of WPC defenders and let a 40 foot runner go, but unfortunately couldn’t get the bank shot to fall, as Tech fell by the 83-80 final.
Duncan Schramm led all scorers with a career-high 33 points in the loss for Tech. Austen Flint netted 18 points, followed by 14 points and six rebounds from Kyle Waits.
Oregon Tech finished the season 16-14 overall and with a 9-9 record in CCC play secured the No. 7 seed in the upcoming CCC Tournament. Oregon Tech will have to travel to second-seed Concordia University taking on the Cavaliers in the opening round of postseason play on Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Portland. The Owls defeated CU on Friday, handing the Cavaliers their first home loss of the season.