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Gophers rely on defense to end Hood River's rally
BOYS BASKETBALL - Gresham vaults into tie for last playoff spot with the win
The Gresham boys basketball team saw its 13-point fourth-quarter lead shrink to a single basket, but managed to hold on for a 60-54 win against Hood River on Friday night.
Gresham was ready to run away with the game when Jake Boyd swished a 3-pointer from the right side, followed moments later by Mickey Inns scooping a loose ball and racing all alone for a layin and a 48-35 lead.
But the Eagles weren't ready to surrender. Instead, Hood River's Tyler Williams scored six points in a matter of seconds to cut the margin to 51-48 with 1:04 on the clock.
Gresham turned away the threat after Martin Garcia grabbed a key offensive rebound that allowed the Gophers to rebuild a six-point lead. The Gophers hit 7 for 10 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes.
'We just had to relax and make the right decisions at the end,' Inns said.
Boyd led the Gophers with 25 points, while Andy Kennedy scored 18 for the Eagles.
• In other MHC action, Central Catholic remained unbeaten in league with a lopsided 59-37 win at David Douglas. Runner-up Barlow kept pace in the standings with a 72-44 win against Sandy. Three Bruins scored in double figures.
Look for extended basketball coverage in the Saturday, Jan. 26, issue of The Outlook.