Cottage Grove couldn’t hold on to a late comeback on Friday night, as the Lions fell to the Banks Braves in a game that came down to the wire.
Senior Blake Sentman from the Lions drove to the basket to take a 35-34 lead with about one minute left in the game. But a lot can happen in 60 seconds of basketball, and Banks retook the lead about 10 seconds later.
Senior Jake Evans from Banks was fed the ball at the top of the key and sank a three-pointer that would lead to the Braves’ victory and a chance for their first state title in 32 years.
Neither team led by more than five points throughout the entire game, and at any moment, any team could take the game. Just as Cottage Grove had regained momentum, Banks took it right back, and in the last 50 seconds, the Lions weren’t able to sink anything.
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