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Clackamas guys go 2-1 in Tigard's holiday tournament

Centennial was powerless to stop a Clackamas comeback on Dec. 21, able to only stand and watch as the Cavaliers put the winning points on the board over the final minute of play to finish the Tigard holiday boys basketball tournament with a 71-68 win.

After leading by double digits early in the second half, Clackamas saw its lead vanish when Centennial guard Adam Westfall hit three straight 3's, helping the Eagles to a 68-65 lead heading into the final minute.

But a series of fouls sent Clackamas to the free-throw line three times down the stretch. Cavaliers Cade Wilkins, Nathan Bobst and Andrew Gutwig were a perfect 6-for-6, accounting for the winning points.

Centennial fired an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer that didn't come close.

'We fouled them and gave up easy free-throw chances,' Centennial coach Tim Roupp said. 'We didn't make them work for their shots at the end. We had some silly mistakes, and we need to get rid of those.'

Clackamas started the game on fire, scoring on six of its first seven possessions and taking a 19-12 lead. The Cavaliers were deadly from behind the arc, going 6-for-8 (.750) on treys in the first quarter, with Wilkins knocking down three of those long balls.

But the Eagles were also finding the hoop, moving to within 39-37 at halftime, after center Guy Powers converted a three-point play with a fade-away shot from his hip. The Cavaliers gained some separation midway through the fourth period, when Wilkins and Aaron Ahlstrom took turns scoring on back-door lay-ins on three consecutive possessions. The streak put the Cavs ahead 61-57 with about five minutes left.

Gutwig led Clackamas with 21 points, connecting on 5-of-7 (.714) from 3-point range. Wilkins (15 points) and Bobst (12 points) also scored in double figures.

The Cavaliers split in their other Tigard tournament games, yielding to Sheldon 71-64, after downing Sherwood 55-42.

Ahlstrom (13 points), Gutwig (11 points) and Clifton (11 points) headed up the effort against Sherwood.

Clifton (16 points), Colby Bankofier (14 points) and Bobst (10 points) led nine Clackamas players who put points on the scoreboard in the loss to Sheldon.

'They were bigger than us and they played more physical,' Clackamas coach Jeff Bair said of the Sheldon game. 'But we hung in there.'

The Cavaliers fell behind Sheldon 21-13 in the first quarter and they were fighting an uphill battle the rest of the way.

'Right now we're competing in every game, which is a plus,' Bair said. 'We just need to develop some consistency, both on offense and on defense.'

Bair said he was pleased with his charges' 5-4 record, considering that only two of Clackamas' first nine games have been home games.

Next up for the Cavaliers is a Jan. 3 game at South Salem (5-3). Clackamas returns home on Friday, Jan. 6, when the Cavaliers play host to Sunset (2-4).