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Spartans win big, then lose in nailbiter at Surf & Slam tournament

  - Image courtesy of Bainbridge High School
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The Spartan boys basketball team started off the San Diego Surf & Slam Tournament with a dominating 70-15 win against Yosemite, but lost its second game in a heartbreaker against Copper Hills.

In the first game, Bainbridge blew out the Badgers from the start, and held Yosemite to just two points in the quarter.

The Spartans led going into the second stanza, 29-2.

Bainbridge clamped down again on their opponents from Oakhurst, Calif. in the second quarter, and allowed the Badgers just three points, as the Spartans forged a 48-5 advantage.

The domination continued in the second half.

Bainbridge outscored Yosemite 14-7 in the third and 8-3 in the fourth.

Bainbridge High's Joey Blacker was named Player of the Game. Blacker, a 6'4 senior, scored 12 points in the contest.

Junior Riley Irish also chipped in a dozen points for Bainbridge. Freshman guard Lyle Terry led all scorers with 20 points for BHS. Freshman forward Sawyer Conrad also finished in double digits, with 10 points.

Blake Swanson and Dawson Gonwick added four points each.

Ben Beatie contributed six points to the Spartans' winning effort, and Oskar Dieterich, two.

A total of 24 teams from California, Washington, Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Alberta and British Columbia are competing in the tourney.

The Spartans lost in a barn burner against Copper Hills High, as the Grizzlies of West Jordan, Utah, escaped with a 55-54 victory over BHS to advance to Monday's Slam Division championship game.

Bainbridge led early, running to a 14-6 first-quarter advantage.

The Grizzlies began to claw their way back into the contest by outscoring the Spartans 23-22 in the second quarter, and Bainbridge clung to a 36-29 lead at the half.

The Spartan offense stalled in the third, however, as Copper Hills held BHS to single-digit scoring and allowed just eight points. The Grizzlies pulled to within a basket, 44-42, by the start of the fourth.

Copper Hills again outscored Bainbridge in the quarter, 13-10, to eke out the win.

Bainbridge made 19 shots from the field during the contest, compared to 18 from Copper Hills.

The Spartans shot 66.7 percent from the free-throw line, connecting on 10-of-15 attempts.

The Badgers shot an impressive 83.3 percent from the charity stripe, sinking 15-of-18.

The tournament runs through Dec. 31.

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