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Chs Boys Basketball

Losses to Castle Rock, Woodland bring end to Bruins' season

After back-to-back Trico League championships, Columbia High's boys basketball team fell on hard times during the 2001-02 season.

The Bruins lost their regular-season finale, 62-46, at Woodland last Thursday to finish 1-11 in league and 4-16 overall.

Columbia -- loser of its previous seven games after beating Woodland there on Jan. 10 -- played a solid first quarter and trailed just 21-18 entering the second.

But the Beavers, who were playing for the league's second berth in district, outscored the Bruins 32-14 in the middle quarters to take control of the game.

Woodland's balanced offensive attack featured four players who scored 12 or more points. Kenny Yoder led the quartet with 14.

Senior Paul Courtney was the only CHS player to reach double digits in scoring. In his final game as a Bruin, Courtney put in 12 points.

Juniors Eric Crause, Tom Shrum and Matthew Carlock followed in the scoring column with eight, seven and five points respectively.

In the preliminary game, the Woodland junior varsity prevailed 62-34 over the CHS jayvee, which finished the season with a 7-13 record.

Castle Rock 64, at Columbia 47 --

The Rockets closed the second period of the Feb. 12 game with a 10-3 surge that gave them a 34-23 lead at the break.

An 8-1 run to start the third quarter propelled them to their biggest lead of the night, 42-24.

The Bruins tried to comeback, however, and put together a carryover 8-3 run that pulled them within 51-40 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

But 11 points was as close as Columbia got then and thereafter as Castle Rock canned 6-of-6 free throws in the final minute to win going away and sweep the season series, 3-0.

The difference in the game, however, was not the free-throw line, but the 3-point line.

The Rockets banged home 10-of-15 3-pointers to outscore the Bruins 30-18 from beyond the arc.

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