SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Ridgeview graduate Garret Albrecht and Mountain View alum Matt Van Tassell came up one win short of capturing a national title as Oregon Tech lost to Spring Arbor (Michigan) 82-76 Tuesday night in the championship game of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Albrecht, a sophomore, was 0-for-6 from the field but had five rebounds and a block in 15 minutes. Van Tassell, a freshman, was 0-for-1 with three fouls in four minutes.
Mitchell Fink, a junior guard from Clackamas, led the Owls with 25 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
He was named to the all-championship tournament team.
After a back-and-forth start, Spring Arbor went on an 11-0 run and led 44-35 at halftime.
Oregon Tech, which trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half, went on an 8-1 run to get within 70-74 with about three minutes remaining.
The Owls held a 44-30 edge in the paint and forced eight turnovers while only committing four of their own.
The Cougars outshot the Owls 53.7 to 48.4 percent on 2-pointers, 50 to 42.9 percent from 3 and 81.3 to 66.7 percent at the free throw line.
The 76 points was Oregon Tech’s lowest scoring game of the NAIA tournament since a 75-65 first round victory over Antelope Valley (California) on March 6. The Owls scored 107 points in the quarterfinals and 93 points in the semifinals.
Oregon Tech, winners of three NAIA titles (2004, 2008 and 2012), finished the season with a 28-8 record and Cascade Conference championship.