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Cavaliers spoil comeback bid with clutch free throws

BOYS BASKETBALL - Centennial grabs a three-point lead heading into the final minute
by: David Ball Centennial guard Cam Croonquist puts up a fadeaway jumper Wednesday.

TIGARD - The Centennial boys basketball team made a valiant comeback Wednesday night against Clackamas. The only problem was that it came a minute too soon.

The Eagles found themselves down five points with 2:29 on the clock when Adam Westfall connected on three straight 3-pointers to bring the team back. Centennial forced a tie-up in the backcourt to regain possession as the clock rolled under two minutes. Off the inbounds play, Westfall found an opening outside the arc and ripped the net to put the Eagles in front 66-65.

Centennial struck again when Cam Croonquist forced a turnover along the sideline, and Jordan Holt scooped up the loose ball and headed the other way. Croonquist quickly caught up to the play and drove the center of the lane before spotting Josh Hernandez cutting in for his first basket of the night. Centennial led by three with a minute to play.

Look for full game coverage in the Dec. 24, edition of The Outlook.