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Boys aim for another sweep this week

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 13th, 2013

Photo by Jerry Thompson Junior Brody Gipson sank two 3-pointers to ignite the Lions in their close win over La Pine last week.

With one win this week, the Cottage Grove Lions boys’ basketball team will finish no worse than a tie for second in the Sky-Em League. The Grovers hope to do better than that, however, with their last two games of the regular season at home against teams they have beaten.

The Lions swept La Pine and Sweet Home last week to improve their league record to 5-3. They were scheduled to face Sisters last night, having beaten the Outlaws by 15 points a couple of weeks ago. The finale for the Lions’ four seniors: Jesse Fix, Tanner Gates, Brad Miller and Jordan Yoss, will be against Junction City Friday night. The Lions handled the Tigers by a score of 49-33 in their last meeting.

On paper, a 7-3 finish would put the Grovers alone in second place behind Elmira. Even if the Falcons lost their last two games, they would still capture first place based on their two wins against the Lions.

Last week’s two wins were not easy for the CG boys. The visiting Hawks from La Pine fell behind the Lions 18-9 in the second quarter but came back to tie the game at the half, 23-all. In the third quarter La Pine took the lead for the first time since the opening 10 seconds of the game and was up 35-32 with two minutes left in the third. Then junior guard Brody Gipson came off the bench to spark the Lions.

Gipson hit a long three with 58 seconds to play in the third to tie the game at 35. To begin the fourth quarter he connected on another shot from long range to give the Lions a 38-36 lead.

The CG boys seemed in control with 2:52 to play, leading 42-36, but then the Hawks nailed two consecutive threes to tie it at 42 with 1:22 to play. The Grovers worked the ball around until Tanner Gates attacked the rim and put the Lions ahead 44-42 with 47 seconds to play. The Hawks failed to tie or take the lead, and Gipson calmly sank two free throws with seven seconds to play to seal the game for Cottage Grove.

For the complete article see the 02-13-2013 issue.

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