Nyssa boys basketball clinch district title

Nyssa senior Jorge Ortiz looks out for an open teammate Umatilla's defense attempt to block him. The Bulldogs clinched the district title after defeating the the Vikings 63-57. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

NYSSA – One by one Friday night, the members of the Nyssa boys varsity basketball team stepped up a silver ladder and gently but firmly cut a strand of the net that dangled from the hoop at the south end of their home court.

A time-worn ritual, the slicing of the net marked the finale of Nyssa’s 63-57 win over Umatilla, a triumph that gave the Bulldogs the district crown and a home game in the first round of the state playoffs next weekend.

Omar Jaquez scored 20 points and teammate Jorge Ortiz chipped in 13 as Nyssa manufactured a spectacular fourth-quarter rally to . . .