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March 11, 2014

Furious rally falls short

Western nearly erases 21-point deficit vs. Twin Lakes in final

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Western was whistled for a double dribble on the ensuing possession (even though on the play in question, the ball bounced on the floor only one time). TL got a jumper from center Dane Holmes, but Warden again responded with a 3-ball to cut the lead to two points at 57-55 with approximately two minutes left. Those turned out to be the final points of his 29-point night and 19-point fourth quarter.

“That showed the resiliency of this team and all year what these guys have done and what they’re made of,” Western coach Bart Miller said. “We were down [21 points], fought back and got it down to [two points], just never-say-die attitude that these guys have. It’s a tribute to the leadership of the seniors, all seven of them. Really proud of the guys that they never gave up hope and fought all the way to the end.”

Next, Holmes hit one of two free throws but TL forward Jordan Crouch got the rebound and Holmes was fouled again. He again hit one of two for a 59-55 lead with 1:30 left. Western couldn’t get Warden free on its next possession and missed a 3-pointer, then had to foul in the minute-plus that remained. Twin Lakes scored eight points in a row on the line to push the margin to 65-55 with :32 left and effectively seal the game.

Adams said what saw his team through to victory was “senior leadership. Cameron Bennington did a nice job of kind of keeping us composed a little bit ... and Dane Holmes coming up with some really key plays. I don’t know if we hit free throws really well but we hit enough to keep [the lead]. Western, what a great effort they put on to not give up and keep coming at us.”

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