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Roadrunners race away in second half

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlow High graduate Kody Kennedy protects the ball on the wing against Linn-Benton defender Brett Blackstock in the first half Saturday.

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The Mt. Hood men's basketball team put on a flurry to take the lead into halftime, but failed to hold it after the break during an 83-71 loss to Linn-Benton on Saturday.

The Roadrunners relied on hot shooting from long range to propel them to 50 second-half points. Linn-Benton relied on its Andrews (Evans and Reardon) to do most of the damage, combining to shoot 6 for 7 (.857) from beyond the arc.

Mt. Hood gave itself a chance when Mak Hutson swiped a steal in the backcourt and avoided a pair of blue shirts to put the ball over the front of the rim. Barlow High graduate Kody Kennedy looked to feed the ball inside, but when nothing popped open, he swished a 3 that brought the Saints within two points with 6:22 left.

Evans answered for the Roadrunners, hitting a 3 with defender Jamal Muhamad flying at him, then swishing another long ball from the corner to make it a 10-point margin as the clock ticked under four minutes.

View photos from the game at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

Look for expanded coverage in our Tuesday, Jan. 19, print edition.