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Mt. Hood CC lets early lead slip away

Clackamas CC overcomes a double-digit deficit in the first half to even its league mark

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood CC coach Geoff Gibor communicates a plan during a timeout in the final minute Wednesday night.

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OREGON CITY — The Mt. Hood CC men's basketball team produced points on its first six possessions to build a double-digit margin early in Wednesday's road game against rival Clackamas CC. But the Saints couldn't find the scoreboard when the game was on the line in the final minute, allowing the Cougars to close out a 75-70 comeback victory.

Clackamas pounded the ball inside to Vince Boumann in the second half, taking a 67-63 lead when he sailed under the hoop and came out on the other side for a layup as the clock dipped under five minutes.

Mt. Hood closed to within a single point on a long ball by Jamal Muhammad down the stretch, but missed two chances at the lead late.

A deflected pass in the paint wiped away its first chance, while a rushed shot against a double team went wild in the waning seconds. Expecting a foul, Mt. Hood's Oleg Marandyuk was hit with a double technical sending him to the locker room early with an ejection.

Any hopes of a desperate finish for the Saints left with him. Joey Baldwin swished four straight free throws to seal the win for Clackamas.

Mt. Hood (5-12) hosts Umpqua at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Look for expanded game coverage in the Friday, Jan. 30, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

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