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Mens Basketball upsets fifth-ranked Clark

Meet the 2014-15 Green River mens basketball team.

Meet the 2014-15 Green River mens basketball team.

Heading down the final stretch of the season, the Gators sit at 4-4 and in fifth place behind Pierce College.

The Gators needed some big wins in the second half to keep their playoff hopes alive and that's just what they got when Clark College came to ''The Swamp'' on Saturday, Jan. 31.

After nearly pulling off upsets against sixth-ranked Highline and powerhouse Lower Columbia, the Gators wouldn't let this one get away from them. The Gators went into the break with a narrow 31-29 lead, in large part to Bernard Sanders, who had 11 of his 13 points in the first half.

The Gators started the second half with a 9-2 run and from there they pulled away. Evan Garrison of Clark started to heat up toward the end of the game but it was too little, too late for Clark, as he finished with 24 points.

The Gators went on to defeat Clark 75-67 and improve their league record to 5-4 to move into a deadlock in fourth place with Pierce College in the Western Division. There were four Gators in double-digit points: Trevante Williams led with 15; Sanders had 13 points, including 3 for 4 from beyond the arc; Glenn Brooks had 11 points and nine assists; and Damon Cikanek added 10 points.

With seven games remaining in league, the Gators will travel to South Puget Sound on Wednesday, Feb. 3, to face off against the Clippers at 8 p.m. The Gators cruised to a 17-point victory the last time the two teams faced off.