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February 12, 2014

Leopards fall short against Indians on Senior Night

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Sanger —

Unfortunately for GHS, Sanger made its third 5-0 run of the half, including a last second transition layup and took a 34-29 lead into the break.

Gainesville did all it could to keep things close at the start of the second half. Jackson scored a layup following a GHS steal and Bond hit his second 3-pointer of the game from deep to even the score at 34 early in the third quarter.

After Sanger made a pair of free throws, Bond hit Jackson on a no-look pass while driving to the basket to set up an open layup, tying the game. It was the last time Gainesville would be tied with SHS.

Sanger responded well again, scoring six straight points in the next two minutes. Ashton Neu scored on a Mendez missed free throw to cut the Sanger lead to 42-39, but Sanger held GHS off and took a 47-42 lead into the fourth quarter.

That lead grew to 11 in the opening minutes of the fourth, before Gainesville made its run. Bond made a transition layup, Mendez made three free throws and Bond sank his third 3-pointer of the game at the three minute mark to cut the lead to three. Sanger extended the lead back to five, but Gainesville looked poised for a comeback when Franklin nailed his fifth 3-pointer of the contest with one minute remaining.

But Sanger rose to the occasion, hitting all four of its remaining foul shots and keeping the Leopards scoreless until Bond made a layup as time expired.

Bond led the team with 20 points, while Franklin finished with 17. Mendez and Jackson scored nine and eight points, respectively. Neu had two points and Garrett Cooper finished with one.

The game was the final contest in the high school careers of Mendez, Franklin, Bond, Neu, Jackson, Cooper, Jordan Hall, Littleton Moore and Ethan Anderson.

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