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Okanogan boys win state opener, 70-60

— The No. 1 state-ranked Okanogan High School boys basketball team roared back from a seven-point deficit to knock off Cedar Park Christian, 70-60, in overtime Thursday.

The Bulldogs trailed, 55-48, with 3:39 to play before mounting a comeback, led by seven points late by Justin Rivas to keep the Bulldogs undefeated (25-0).

Jim Townsend (23 points, game-high 14 rebounds and 5 assists) tied the game with a free throw with 36 ticks on the clock in regulation. Townsend was 9-14 from the field, 5-9 on free throws.

Rivas nearly got the chance to win the game in regulation, being knocked down on a baseline layup as time expired. Officials did not call a foul and, after conferring, waved off the play, sending the game to overtime.

In overtime, Rivas (8-16 from the field, 6-11 on free throws) scored four of his game-high 24 points to guide the Bulldogs to the victory.

Cedar Park Christian, of Bothell, led 31-26 at halftime and 42-40 after three quarters. The Eagles made 25-of-58 (43 percent) from the field and 6-of-15 (40 percent) on free throws.

Justin VanderWeide scored 11 points on 5-for-13 shooting.

Okanogan made 28-of-58 shots (48 percent) from the field, 12-22 (54.5 percent) on free throws.

Scoring

Okanogan (70) – Perez 4, Rivas 24, Morris 6, Guerrette 2, Pruitt 0, Townsend 23, VanderWeide 11.

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