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Bowmen fall to Thurston in playoff tilt

Boys basketball: Sherwood's season ends with state playoff loss

SPRINGFIELD - An early deficit and a strong free-throw shooting Thurston team proved to be a little too much for the Sherwood High School boys basketball team to overcome.

The Bowmen saw their season come to an end with a 51-51 loss to the Colts in a Class 5A state playoff game held Tuesday at Thurston High School.

'Our kids battled,' Sherwood coach Brian Burke said. 'We had a slow start at the beginning, and that came back to bite us.'

The Bowmen found themselves trailing 9-2 early in the game and were down 15-6 at the end of the first quarter. Sherwood came back to tie the game, at 36-36, on a follow-up basket by Ryan Lobdell late in the third quarter. But Thurston made 12 of 14 foul shots in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

Travis Lutes led Sherwood with 13 points. Connor Rumpf and Nathanael Keohane each scored 11.

Sherwood ended its season with a final record of 17-10.

'We moved up a division and still made it to the state playoffs,'Burke said. 'The kids worked hard all year.'