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"OC men wait too long, lose to Skagit"

"If it was pride that goaded the Olympic College men's basketball team back into Wednesday night's game with Skagit Valley, coach Barry Janusch said his team waited way too long to let it show.We played well the last 10 minutes, Janusch said after his team's late-game comeback fell short, resulting in a 72-67 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) North Division loss to the Cardinals at Bremer Center.It was what happened before those last 10 minutes that got the young Rangers in trouble, Janusch said.We got out-rebounded by 15 in the first half, we shot something like 26 percent, he said. We had no intensity, no energy. When you're as young as we are, you can't play like that.Still, the Rangers - who fell behind by as much as 17 points in the first half and trailed by 11, 59-48, with 6 minutes, 9 seconds to play - had a chance to pull out the win. Had they made a couple more clutch shots, or had the Cardinals not gone all Hoop-Shoot on them from the free throw line down the stretch, it might've been their game.Instead, they dropped to 2-4 in North Division play (6-12 overall) going into tonight's 8 p.m. contest with Whatcom (2-4, 11-6). Skagit pumped itself up to 3-4 in the North, and matched OC's overall record with the win.The first half didn't hold much promise for the Rangers, who struggled to stop Skagit's 6-foot-8 post, Bobby Turman, at one end, and shot horridly from outside at the other. Turman scored 12 of the Cards' first 17 points, and when he took a rest his teammates cranked up the long ball. Mike Anderson's second threebie - SVCC's fourth of the game - lifted his team to a 30-15 advantage after 12 minutes.Three-point plays by L.J. Johnson and Andy Bybee gave the Rangers hope, but they still trailed 42-28 at half.We struggled with their zone, Janusch said of his team's 8-for-31 first-half marksmanship, against a Skagit defense that ranged far outside with the support of the tall, agile Turman back in the paint. We don't have many slashers that could make them pull back in a little bit, and we weren't getting many good shots.But the second half was a whole 'nother matter. OC scored the first eight points - five by sophomore Casey Reynolds, the other three on a trey by freshman Jason Young - and pulled within four, 48-44. Skagit surged again, but Young struck twice more from three-land to get them within two, 5957, with 3:41 to play.Skagit was able to respond from inside. Turman nailed a running hook from the left lane and Joe Sundberg hit a turnaround from the right side, sandwiched around Reynolds' layup off Bybee's nifty feed, for a four-point edge.The Cards were able to make that lead stand up by hitting 11 of their 12 free throws in the time that remained, after going a less-than-promising 9 for 22 up to that point. Olympic, forced to produce from the floor, couldn't match that efficiency.We dug in and played harder, he said. Shoot, when you get down 12 or 14 points and you're shooting as bad as we were, pride's gotta come out a little. "

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