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Nyssa boys basketball grinds out playoff win over Rainier, secures berth for state tournament

Nyssa junior guard Pedro Chavez attempts to drive the ball to the basket as Rainier’s defense try to block him. The Bulldogs defeated the Columbians 66-61 in a loser-out playoff game last Friday night at Nyssa High School. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

NYSSA – For Nyssa boys basketball coach Aaron Mills the solution to a problem, any problem, is will power.

His approach: You have the self-discipline to prepare and prepare and prepare, and if that’s not enough, you beat the darn thing over the head until it’s straightened out. 

That’s why he pushes his players hard, and that’s why his Bulldogs were 9-1 in league and headed for the OSAA tournament following a 66-61 win against Rainier in the first round of 3A playoffs last Friday at the Nyssa . . .