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Grizzly Cubs, Woodmen earn close victories

Greenwood’s boys’ basketball game Thursday at county rival Edinburgh served as a microcosm for the Woodmen’s season.

It was a rough start that turned into a victorious ending.

Greenwood, which started the season 0-9, trailed 47-36 with 3:04 remaining. The Woodmen, who have now won five of their past seven games, scored the game’s next 10 points, then won it on a 3-pointer by Jaren Hornbeak at the buzzer, completing an improbable 54-53 victory.

The Class 4A Woodmen improved to 5-11 overall, but Thursday’s victory against the 11-5 Class A Lancers looked all but impossible as the fourth quarter wound down, even on the game’s final possession.

Trailing 53-51 with 24.7 seconds remaining, Greenwood worked the ball, but Edinburgh denied all shot opportunities. Hornbeak took the ball at the top of the key with about six seconds remaining, dribbled to the left wing and fired the 3-pointer while being double-teamed. The clock expired just after the ball went through the net, prompting a wild celebration on the Greenwood bench.

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