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Bulldog boys earn OT win

A defensive gamble netted a win for the Culver boys' basketball team in the last game of the Lost River tourney.
   The Bulldogs beat Oakridge 53-52 in overtime Saturday to finish off the three-day event. Culver went 2-1 starting with a 67-59 loss to Bonanza on Thursday followed by a 75-31 win against the Ashland junior varsity.
   Culver overcame a seven-point halftime deficit in Saturday's victory. The Bulldogs outscored Oakridge 16-8 in the third quarter.
   "We went to a man defense," Culver coach James Macy said. "Since we're a short team, we always play zone. We did a good job of playing man and rebounding."
   Oakridge did tie the game in the final seconds with two free throws to force overtime. Nevin Lewis scored five of his 22 points in the extra period. The sophomore Lewis finished the tourney with 69 points.
   John Decker added 10 and Andrew Hanson nine in the victory.
   On Friday, Lewis had 27 and Garret Gibson 18 in the win against Ashland JV.
   In Thursday's opener, Culver was unable to overcome an eight-point deficit at the end of the first quarter against Bonanza. Jerry Gomez, a key part of the Antlers' semifinal football victory, led his team with 20 points.
   Lewis had 20 as well to go along with 12 by Gibson.
   Notes: Culver has four Tri-River games before hosting its tourney on Dec. 28-29. The Bulldogs opened their first Tri-River season by hosting East Linn Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 12 (played after press time). Culver is at Western Mennonite on Friday but hosts Santiam on Monday and Scio on Wednesday, Dec. 20. ... At the Culver tourney, the Bulldogs will face the Summit junior varsity at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28. The Redmond JV plays Gilchrist in the other game. The losers play at 2:30 and winners at 5:30 Thursday.