PENDLETON — It all came down to the final second.
On Saturday, Blue Mountain Community College sophomore Dylan Grogan’s jump shot at the buzzer helped the Timberwolves break the last of three ties to take down the visiting Mt. Hood Saints 83-81 in their season’s first home game.
The 6-foot, 4-inch forward from Stanfield poured in a game-high 28 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and sunk two treys along the way to aid in the home court win.
The Saints jumped out to an early 4-0 lead off of back-to-back baskets from Jalen Smith and Tanner Scanlan, but Grogan and freshman point guard Shaw Broncheau quickly tied the score, and 6-foot, 6-inch freshman forward Craig Mueller’s basket put them out front.
Sophomore point guard Chris Butcher hit two free throws at 14:05 to give Blue Mountain a 14-7 advantage, but the Saints responded with five unanswered points. Not four minutes later, Mt. Hood’s David Fountain sank a 3-pointer, and then a jump shot to take over the lead for the first of two occasions in the half.
After freshman forward Levi Burke hit a 3-pointer that gave Blue Mountain a short lived 20-18 advantage, Fountain returned to tie the score with a pair of free throws, and Leonard Dixon’s trey with just 0:47 left in the half gave the Saints a 36-34 lead at the buzzer.
The Saints took a 13-point lead in the final half off of two successful free throws from Dixon. Dixon buried a 3-pointer with 6:08 remaining for a 70-59 game over the Timberwolves, but Blue Mountain rallied off 10 unanswered points in response.
Sophomore shooting guard Dedi Seme hit a 3-pointer to help the Timberwolves tie the game at 77-77 with just 2:32 left to play, and Grogan and Mueller both tied the score one more time each before Grogan’s victory-sealing basket as the clock hit 0:00 to escape the Saints once and for all.
Davion Stringer led Mt. Hood with 22 points, three rebounds, and a 2-of-3 performance at the line.
The Timberwolves (1-3) got 17 points from Mueller, who also grabbed 15 rebounds. Seme finished the evening with 15 points, five assists, and went 6-of-8 at the line.
Blue Mountain is back on the road this Friday, where they’ll face Treasure Valley at the College of Southern Idaho at 3:30 p.m.