The Gophers stage a furious rally in the second half, but end up fallin short against the Cougars

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Gresham's Ethan Abrahamson tries to get around a Canby defender.

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CANBY — Every time Gresham would find a way to get back into the game, Canby always had an answer.

Despite trailing by as many as 14 in the first half, Gresham came back to tie the game on multiple occasions in the final 10 minutes. But thanks to 28 big points from Canby senior Wade Brewer, the Cougars prevailed with a 53-44 victory over Gresham on Friday night.

Christian Turner led the Gophers with 18 points — 16 of which came in the second half — and Ethan Abrahamson was also in double-figures for Gresham with 16.

"You can't get down by (14) points on the road like we did," Gresham head coach Erik Lyslo said. (Brewer) got hot and we didn't recognize early on that he was a guy that we needed to get up into…This wasn't a very well played game by us, but give Canby credit. Their man-to-man defense gave us fits at the start."

The Gresham offense looked out of sync throughout the first period as the Gophers managed only four points in the first eight minutes. Canby, on the other hand, came out hotter than a pistol, nailing four out of their first five three-pointers to take a 16-4 advantage.

Canby cooled way off in the second quarter, only scoring six points in the period. But Gresham couldn't take advantage as their offensive woes would continue for the remainder of the half. The Gophers would head into the break trailing 22-12. Brewer had 18 of Canby's 22 points in the first half and was 5-of-9 (.556) from behind the arc.

"(Brewer) is our leader. He commands a lot of attention from opposing defenses. We got some really key baskets from him," Canby head coach Craig Evans said.

Look for extended coverage in the Dec. 19 print edition.

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