Evan Jackson

Clearwater Valley guard Evan Jackson, pictured defending during the Upriver Rampage against Kamiah, scored a game-high 17 points against Timberline Thursday night, Jan. 31.

The Clearwater Valley boys had three double-digit scorers Thursday night, but the biggest hoop of the night was the last one of CV’s 52-27 win over Timberline, Rams head coach Craig Shorey told the Free Press Friday.

“Timberline had a four-year senior who had never scored a basket, so with a few minutes to go, we called timeout and asked their coach to get him the ball,” Shorey said. “He must have missed six or seven tries, but at the last second he got one to go in. Everybody in the crowd was cheering like we’d won an NBA championship.”

After a 19-2 run to start the game, the outcome was a foregone conclusion. But it also marked the CV boys’ 10th win of the season – a count they last achieved during the 2015-2016 season.

“We’re really excited about getting that one,” Shorey said. “If we get one more league win or if Kamiah beats Troy tomorrow, we’ll pop up in the standings. We had a couple of shots at the end against Genesee that if we make, we’re in fourth place. The Whitepine League is one of the toughest in the state, and we have to go at it with the attitude we’re going to play with them all.”

Shorey said the Rams are working on defense and “making smart choices and being patient on offense” in practice.

Clearwater Valley (10-7 overall) is set to play Potlatch on Saturday, Feb. 2, with the JV at 1 p.m. and the varsity to follow. CV has one league game left after that: Feb. 5 at Prairie. The Rams’ regular season finale is Feb. 7 at Nezperce.

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