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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Saints lead by seven late in the first half only to see Linn-Benton storm back

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Estacada High graduate Hayden Brooks gets out in transition during the first half of the Saints 77-74 loss to Linn-Benton on Saturday. He finished with a season-high 14 points.

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The Mt. Hood men's basketball team dropped a 77-74 decision to Linn-Benton to close out the season Saturday afternoon.

Estacada's Hayden Brooks got the start on Sophomore Day for the junior college and responded by going 4-for-6 from 3-point range and finishing with a season-high 14 points.

The Saints provided some early highlights when Davion Stringer went behind the back to find Austin Forrar to finish a fastbreak. Moments later, Leonard Dixon drove through traffic before leaving the ball off for a dunk by Iversyn Smith.

Linn-Benton turned the ball over on three straight possessions, leading to another rim rattler by Smith that put the Saints up 14-13.

Dixon got into the mix with a drive behind the basket before finding Brooks for a 3-pointer in front of the Roadrunners' bench. Brooks struck again moments later, this time side-stepping his defender and sinking a deep ball from the top of the arc.

The Saints saw Jahville Collins dive out of bounds to save a ball in play at halfcourt. Smith would go on to find Dixon cutting through the lane for a layup. Moments later, Dixon swiped a steal and sent the ball ahead to Collins for a layup and a 34-27 lead late in the first half.

Linn-Benton found its shooting touch after the break, going 19-for-30 (63.3%) in the second half to put up 46 points. Peter Wilmes' layup with 19 seconds left provided the Roadrunners with the winning points.

Linn-Benton's Kadeem Nelson finished with a game-high 31 points. Collins led the Saints with 16 points, while Brooks added 14.

Mt. Hood (12-16) finished tied with Lane for fifth place in the South Region — three games out of the playoff mix.

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