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Saints let a close one slip away against Clackamas


The Cougars tighten up the playoff chase with three games left in the regular season.

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood guard Landon Rushton gets past Clackamas defender Kirby Hawkins during the Cougars 80-72 win Wednesday night.

OREGON CITY — The Mt. Hood Community College men’s basketball team went cold down the stretch and suffered an 80-72 loss at Clackamas CC on Wednesday night.

Neither team could pull away by more than a few baskets until Clackamas put on a surge down the stretch, dominated by second-chance points. Parkrose High graduate Jordan Mosby-Barber set the stage with putbacks on back-to-back possessions, highlighted when he snatched a missed 3-point try above the rim and put it in off the glass before his feet touched the ground.

“We turned our effort up a notch,” Barber said. “It definitely made a difference. You get those offensive boards and the entire team feeds off that energy.”

The Cougars continued to attack the glass with Kirby Hawkins crashing inside to put a missed 3 over the front of the rim, extending the lead to 69-63 as the clock rolled under two minutes.

Clackamas used the full shot clock on its next trip down court before hoisting a shot that clipped the rim. But once again, it was the Cougars who came down with the ball. This time, Brock Lutes reached over the top of a Mt. Hood player to pull down the board forcing the Saints into fouling with less than a minute on the clock.

The Cougars went 9-for-10 (.900), and grabbed the rebound on their only miss from the line.

The win pulls Clackamas (5-6) into a tie with Mt. Hood for fifth place in the South Region — both trailing Portland CC (6-5) by a single game in the chase for the final playoff berth.

View extended game coverage, including a breakdown of the playoff chase, in the Friday, Feb. 15, print edition.

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