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Lions scare undefeated Panthers

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2013


Photo by Jerry Thompson Cottage Grove senior Tanner Gates scored two points to put the Lions ahead by five points with less than three minutes to play.


To travel to Independence, Oregon and take the undefeated Central Panthers down to the wire says a lot about this year’s CGHS boys’ basketball team. Central won the 4A state championship last season and returned one of their top posts (Grant Lindley) and their point guard (Cham Bal). The frustrating aspect of the 47-44 loss to the Panthers was that the Lions led most of the game but couldn’t hit the shots they needed at the end.

The first quarter was all Lions with two quick baskets inside to junior Mason Mueller, followed by a Brad Miller bucket and a three-pointer by Tanner Gates. Leading 9-6 halfway through the first quarter, senior Jordan Yoss then came alive. He converted two of three free throws, made a conventional three-point play and then hit one from beyond the arc with two seconds left to give the CG boys a commanding 19-9 lead.

As well as the Lions played in the first quarter, they evened out by playing poorly in the second. After a steal and basket by Yoss one minute into the second stanza, the Grovers did not score again for the next four minutes. Meanwhile, the Panthers kept forcing turnovers and converting to make it a 21-19 game with three minutes to play. It was Yoss who ended the scoring draught with two points, and then Garett Boyce drained a three to give the Lions a 26-21 lead. The half ended 27-23.

For the complete article see the 01-09-2013 issue.

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