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CV boys edge Anderson 53-48 in OT

When you don’t have an explosive lights-out offense, you get it done in other ways.

Central Valley’s Kevin Seaman (#4, left), pictured earlier this season, hit a 3-pointer in overtime to give the Falcons separation from the Cubs in the 53-48 road win Tuesday night. (Photo by Mike Daly/Shasta County Sports)

ANDERSON – When you don’t have an explosive lights-out offense, you get it done in other ways.

Tuesday night’s matchup between Central Valley and Anderson saw both teams fight back and forth. Regulation wasn’t enough as Central Valley held off Anderson 53-48 in overtime.

Both offenses looked stagnant throughout the first quarter. Cody Hooper got the scoring started around the 6 minute mark with a putback layup for Anderson. The Cubs would finish the quarter leading 14-7. The second quarter the Falcons would battle back due in part of Cawker’s eight points in the period. At half the teams were dead even at 22 apiece.

Out of the intermission the Cubs would go on a 7-0 run. That didn’t hold for long as the Falcons would take a four-point lead as they knocked down nine straight free-throws from fouls and three technical free-throws to go up 39-35. The fourth quarter saw Anderson’s Robbie Davis dominate the paint but the last second go ahead shot didn’t fall to send it to overtime.

Kevin Seaman hit a big 3-pointer to give the Falcons the 50-47 lead. Hooper would be fouled on the other end and make one of two free-throws. Anderson couldn’t get any more clean shots off and had no choice to play the foul game. Nawoj Cawker would put the game away at the line with two clutch free-throws to knock off the Cubs 53-48.

“Our guys just stayed the course. We had a game plan coming in defensively and they executed,” CV head coach Colin Carr said. “The 50/50 balls down the stretch, they battled for them and they got them. Knocking down a couple of big shots, that always helps but defensively they stayed the course and that was the difference in the game.”

Central Valley’s Cawker finished the game with 18 points. He scored 10 of those in the second quarter. Had a scoreless third quarter, but bounced back with another 6 points in the fourth and a pair of clutch free-throws in overtime. Dojah Alido and Andres Nieves-Cruz each added 10 points.

“I came out struggling shooting but I had to keep shooting and get my teammates involved. In the end I was able to hit some clutch free-throws and we came out on top,” Cawker said.

For the Cubs, they just couldn’t pull away as they saw all their leads answered by Central Valley. Their largest lead was seven. Robbie Davis led the Cubs in scoring with 15 but struggled with foul trouble in the first half. Christian Teague followed that up with 13 but fouled out in regulation.

Central Valley improves to 10-12, 2-3 NAL and faces a tough U-Prep squad on Friday. Anderson falls to 10-12, 1-3 NAL and travels to Susanville to play Lassen on Wednesday.

Central Valley 53, Anderson 48
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Central Valley (10-12, 2-3 NAL): Cawker 18, Munoz-Nieves 10, Alido 10, Seaman 8, Manriquez 3, Esquer 2, Graundstadt 2.
Anderson (9-11, 1-3 NAL): Davis 15, Teague 13, Hooper 11, Dagnue 4, Ryan 4, Wilson 2.
3-Pointers—Anderson 2 (Teague, Dagnue); Central Valley 5 (Alido, Seaman 2, Cawker 2)

Max is a young up-and-coming journalist who carries shares a die-hard passion for sports with the rest of the SCS team and has loved sports ever since he can remember. He's covered Northern Section championship football and basketball games as well as state playoffs games in his first year as a reporter for SCS. Max is currently enrolled at Shasta College and is working toward his Bachelors Degree in journalism.

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