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Mens basketball wins twice, keeps playoff hopes alive

Meet the 2014-15 Green River mens basketball team.

Meet the 2014-15 Green River mens basketball team.

The Gator mens basketball team started the week off with a narrow 56-47 victory over the Tacoma Titans, and finished the week with an 84-72 victory over the Grays Harbor Chokers on Saturday, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

Both teams could not get going offensively as the Gators shot 32 percent from the field and Tacoma shot 35 percent from the field. Fortunately, the Gators took advantage of Tacoma's 14 turnovers and score 13 points off of those turnovers.

Benny Bridges and Bernard Sanders led the way for the Gators, each scoring 10 points. Bridges led the team with 8 rebounds. The Gators out-rebounded the Titans 49-to-34, which was critical in the victory.

On Saturday, the Gators traveled to Aberdeen, Wash., looking to get even with Grays Harbor who defeated them 93-89 in double overtime at ''The Swamp."

This time, a huge performance from Damon Cikanek led the Gators to an 84-72 victory over the Chokers.

Cikanek had a game-high 29 points and was 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and 8-of-11 overall from the field. Trevante Williams added 19 points and C.M. Garrett contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds. The Gators scored 18 points off of the Chokers' 14 turnovers and out-rebounded Grays Harbor 29-24.

The victory puts Green River in a three-way tie for third place with Lower Columbia and Pierce. The Gators will be looking for some help from Grays Harbor as their remaining two games are against Pierce and Lower Columbia. The three teams sit at 9-5 and only two teams will advance to the NWAC Playoffs.

The Gators will travel to Highline to take on the first place Thunderbirds on Wednesday before returning home for the season finale on Saturday against the Centralia Trailblazers.