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Clearwater Valley’s Kamm Mangun created contact before stepping back to knock down a jumper over the pictured Genesee defender, and having drawn the foul, made the free throw for a late Rams lead, 41-39, Monday night against Genesee. Genesee went on to win, 49-45, by way of strong foul shooting during the last two minutes.

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Clearwater Valley’s Kamm Mangun created contact before stepping back to knock down a jumper over the pictured Genesee defender, and having drawn the foul, made the free throw for a late Rams lead, 41-39, Monday night against Genesee. Genesee went on to win, 49-45, by way of strong foul shooting during the last two minutes.



— The Whitepine League’s district basketball tournament featured a contest that came down to the final minute as Genesee held off the Clearwater Valley boys 49-45 Monday night, Feb. 13, at the LCSC activity center.

Kamm Mangun lifted the Rams within one, 45-44, on a jump shot with 34 seconds left, but the Bulldogs shot their foul shots well enough to close out the contest.

CV had led 42-39 with two minutes to go, after Mangun canned traditional three-point play with a free throw following a jumper he made while drawing a foul.

The Rams trailed by as many as six early on, including 8-2 after the Bulldogs snapped off a 6-0 run.

CV’s Mitch Morrow snapped that run by scoring a layup after inbounding the ball to himself off the back of a Genesee player.

Late in the first quarter, the Rams ran off about 90 seconds with a high-energy possession that began with Trey Pfefferkorn calling out the signal: “Time, time, one last shot.” CV cycled passes station to station among the perimeter guards before catching Genesee in a slow rotation. Pfefferkorn’s pass went to Josh Kolb, who knocked down a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the quarter.

The Rams controlled the second quarter and took a 24-22 lead to halftime on Morrow’s bonus free throws with five seconds to go.

The teams were deadlocked through three quarters, 33-all, after Morrow again notched two fouls shots late in the quarter.

But in the end game, Genesee maintained a four-point lead, which Morrow narrowed to three, 48-45, with six seconds left. That forced Morrow, still at the line, to attempt to miss to create one final opportunity — the only one he would miss all night.

Coming — At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, the Rams will play the loser of the Tuesday, Feb. 14, Prairie-Potlatch game.

The Prairie-Potlatch winner will secure a state berth and play for the district title at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. CV’s path requires a win at 5 p.m. Feb. 20, followed by a Feb. 25 play-in against the District I champion.

[This article has been corrected. Inaccurate schedule information was printed due to a Free Press error. -ao]



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