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Robert Ford finishes with a game-high 31 points, including two free throws for the win with 0:09 left

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Clackamas Clay Sullivan sends a pass into the post.

NWAC South

Team Score
Clackamas CC
Mt. Hood CC

The Clackamas Community College men's basketball team maintained its grip on first place in the South Region after riding a late comeback to an 87-85 home win over rival Mt. Hood on Wednesday.

The teams traded the lead eight times in the second half with Mt. Hood up five heading down the stretch.

Clackamas tied the score at 85 with 1:41 to play when Robert Ford was fouled on a 3-point try and sank two of three at the stripe.

Both sides had multiple chances at the winning bucket.

Clackamas lost the ball on a pass into the paint. Mt. Hood was denied twice at the rim, then missed a 3. Clackamas saw a free throw spin out, and Mt. Hood missed another try at a triple.

Finally, Ford took the ball into his own hands, backing out to halfcourt and holding for a final drive to the basket. With 12 seconds to play, he made his move and was fouled as he made his way inside the arc.

He hit both free throws to put the Cougars up two with 0:09 on the clock.

"I wanted to come off a screen, and all the players were up high, so when I drove it was wide open," Ford said.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Clackamas guard Robert Ford works to get off a shot against Mt. Hoods Davion Stringer during the Cougars 87-85 home win on Wednesday.

The Cougars boosted their chances when Donovan Tafua picked off Mt. Hood's ensuing inbounds pass.

The Saints were forced to foul.

Clackamas kept the door open with a pair of misses at the free-throw line.

Mt. Hood's Jarrod Burks grabbed the rebound and rushed down the floor, getting into the lane before kicking a pass out to Iversyn Smith for a winning 3-point try at the buzzer.

The shot wasn't close, sailing clean over the basket.

"Mt. Hood is a good team, but this was to clinch a playoff spot tonight, and we got it done," Ford said.

Clackamas took a 62-55 lead early in the second half after scoring on three straight possessions. It started on a wild trip that saw the Cougars nearly lose the ball twice before Ford connected on a 3. Teammate Matt O'Brien followed with a steal-and-dunk, while Ford finished the flurry with a drive down the lane for a layup.

Ford hit more than half of his shots and finished with a game-high 31 points, while Clay Sullivan added 16 points.

Clackamas women lose to Saints at buzzer

NWAC South

Team Score
Mt. Hood CC
Clackamas CC

The Clackamas women's team erased a seven-point deficit in the final minutes before falling to Mt. Hood 63-61 at the horn.

Brooke Bullock hit a 3-pointer, Landy Williams drew a charge, and Kylie Guelsdorf sank another deep ball to tie the score heading into the final minute.

Bullock got her hands up in the lane to pick off a pass, giving the Cougars a chance to pull ahead late, but Ambreece Gaskins' layup attempt came off the back of the rim.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Clackamas guard Kylie Guelsdorf looks to make an inbounds pass on the games final play in the Cougars 63-61 loss to Mt. Hood on Wednesday.

Mt. Hood's Emily Webber reached up high to claim the rebound, while surrounded by three grey shirts. She maintained possession, until Saints' coach Jeremy Vandenboer was able to call timeout to set up the winning play.

"I just had the mentality that 'I'm getting this rebound', I didn't care who else was there," Webber said.

A mix of timeouts and tipped passes meant Mt. Hood inbounded the ball three times at the offensive end. The last play came to Tatyana Lyles at the top of the arc. She took a couple dribbles to her left, drew contact from her defender and hit a 12-footer in the lane for the winning bucket with 2.8 seconds left.

"I looked up and it was just like our practice drill 'Memphis'," Lyles said. "It got down to seven seconds, and I heard my coach (Vandenboer) yell 'attack', and in that moment I knew I would make it."

Lyles finished with a game-high 23 points.

Clackamas called timeout to move the ball past halfcourt for its attempt to answer.

Guelsdorf inbounded the ball to Bullock, who took two dribbles inside the arc, then whipped a pass to the corner where Gaskins let fly with a 3 for the win. The shot clipped the back of the rim, floated high over the hoop and dropped to the floor.

"This is a huge win. It puts us solidly into second place, and unless something crazy happens, we've secured a playoff spot," Mt. Hood coach Jeremy Vandenboer said.

The Saints (17-8) and Cougars (19-5) ended the week tied for second place in the South Region standings.

Clackamas led by as many as 12 points early in the second half. Bullock paced the Cougars with 17 points, and Guelsdorf added 16.

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