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February 9, 2014

Panther comeback falls short

Western misses a difficult 3 at the buzzer in 3-point loss to Twin Lakes.

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Twin Lakes wasn’t much better at 17 for 41 from the floor, but 21 Western fouls turned into a 24-for-31 performance from the foul line for the Indians, including a 14-for-20 clip in the fourth quarter.

“It was just a slow start by our guys,” Miller said. “You have to give Twin Lakes credit for that slow start. They’re a physical ball club that’s well-coached. It wasn’t a good night shooting for us all around. We were a little stagnant on offense, standing around a lot and doing a lot of exchanging rather than screening and cutting. Our guys will learn from it and adjust, and go from there.”

Western took its first lead of the night at 38-36 with 3:02 left in the third on a Balentine steal and breakaway layup, but Twin Lakes clawed back ahead, 44-43, headed into the fourth. The squads traded the lead a pair of times to start the fourth, but the Indians led for the final 5:43.

Senior Evan Warden led Western with 19 points, and now stands at 896 points for his career. Balentine added 14 points for the Panthers.

Cameron Bennington paced Twin Lakes (9-5) with 21 points, and Tanner Pritts added 16.

FINAL Twin Lakes 62 Western 59 Next: Western hosts Maconaquah Tuesday.

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