Gresham keeps Tigers winless in CWS

Leader Sports Editor

GRESHAM The Gresham boys basketball team picked up a big win with a 49-43 victory over Tigerton keeping pace with CWS Conference front-runners Tuesday night. After falling behind at the half the Wildcats played a tough third quarter to send the Tigers home with their ninth loss in a row.

Tigerton jumped out to an early 12-10 lead in the first period and played their way to a 23-20 halftime lead. But in the third period, Bill Hebert stepped up for the Wildcats scoring eight of his 13 points in Gresham's 16-8 run. Jeremy Pieper and Jason Boucher each added crucial three pointers in the period to give the Wildcats the lead. Pieper also finished the game with 13 points.

The Tigers could only get two points from their top scorers in Matt and Mark Schoening in the third period. Matt finished the game with 12 points, while Mark added 10 points.

With a five-point lead heading into the final period of play, the Wildcats looked to put the game out of reach, but Tigerton was not ready to lie down. Mark Schoening and Matt Hunt hit two key three pointers to keep the Tigers in the game, but Gresham free throws down the stretch paved the way for the Wildcats' win. A 7-for-12 performance in the fourth period was good enough to get the win.

The win puts Gresham (7-5, 5-4) two games back of CWS leaders Rosholt and Almond in the standings. The Wildcats will look to make a move up the standings when they host Pot Edwards on Jan. 21. The Tigers (0-9, 0-9) will be looking for their first win of the season when they travel to play Almond on Jan. 21.

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By Michael Ray
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