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Oregon Tech Falls to Spring Arbor in NAIA Championship Game

After trailing by double digits for much of the second half, OIT cut the deficit to four points with three minutes to go. It was too little too late, though, as Spring Arbor secures its first basketball championship in school history.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2019 7:03 PM
Updated: Mar. 12, 2019 7:03 PM

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in the naia championship game. the hustlin' owls trailed by double digits throughout much of the second half, but made things really interesting down the stretch. we start the highlights from the beginning though... and take you through how the championship game unfolded. from sioux falls, south dakota... oregon tech came into the day looking to become the first naia team to reach four basketball championships. what you should know about spring arbor though is that its the most disciplined and identity-aware team the hustlin owls have played this season. two guys to pay attention to... paul marandet a point guard and brandon durnell can do a whole lot of that. his three ball gives the cougars the first eight points of the game. ===== but oregon tech got over the nerves and got back in it thanks to faust and fink. freshman kaison first with the and-1... moments later mitch from mid- range. oregon tech grabs the lead in the first half. ===== back comes durnell and spring arbor. he's only 6'1... but so strong and complete he's a huge problem in the post. ===== with the first half winding down... it's marandet. off the dribble he's triple teamed and still gets it to go... into the locker room ... spring arbor leads by nine at the half. ===== more of the same story after the break. durnell continued to be a matchup nightmare for the owls. he led all scorers with 32 points. ===== the cougars led by as many as 13... and with four minutes to go, the lead is 11. but that's when mitch fink put his head down and went to work. here a made three... plus the foul... it's a four-point play. ===== next tech possession ... fink... blows past three defenders... he goes on a personal eight- nothing run and brings the owls to within four. ===== time just wasn't on their side though. spring arbor survives the spurt from fink... and holds on for the six-point win. 82-to-76 your final score... it's the cougars first naia basketball championship in school history. so not the outcome the southern oregon sports world was hoping for ... but here's something that will hopefully cheer you up. i watched the first half of the game with former oregon tech head coach danny miles ... and coming up tonight on newswatch 12 at 11, i'll show you his reactions to how things unfolded. turning now to chief meteorologist matt
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