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1A boys basketball — The Watchmen are unable to slow down the Lakers in the first round of the state playoffs

BLACHLY — Thanks to back-to-back three-pointers by seniors Joseph Brooks and Matt Martin, C.S. Lewis Academy’s first-round state playoff game at Triangle Lake Feb. 26 couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.

The No. 6 Lakers, however, answered by scoring 12 consecutive points and, unfortunately for the Watchmen, the latter run was more indicative of how the game would unfold, as Triangle Lake eventually prevailed 64-50 to end C.S. Lewis’ season.

After CSLA fell behind 17-10, the game evened out in the second quarter, with both teams scoring 14 points.

The Lakers, who finished second in the Mountain West League, pushed their lead to as many as 14 points in the third quarter and the Watchmen were unable to get the deficit back under 10 points the rest of the way.

Martin led C.S. Lewis (15-10) with 19 points in his final game, with classmate Brooks adding 12. Junior Evan Hager had a monster game on the glass, hauling in 14 rebounds to go along with his 10 points, two steals and two blocks.

Triangle Lake (25-3) advanced to face Casco League champion Country Christian in the second round, where it upended the Cougars 63-59 to advance to Baker City.

Casco Runner up Crosshill Christian, on the other hand, downed Southwest Christian and Rogue Valley Adventist to advance to the 1A state tournament for the first time in program history.

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