Canoes upset former state champion

By Ken at the Paper

Bass Lake High pulled off a shocker Friday night in boys’ high school basketball action, defeating Nearbytown Birds-of-Prey, 67-64, in multi-overtime.

It was the regular-season finale for both teams — and other area schools as well.

The Canoes rallied from a 52-51 deficit, twice, to force a post-fourth-quarter session. The back-and-forth contest featured more than one lead change and was tied at least several times.

“This was an exciting conclusion to an otherwise can’t-write-home-about-it regular season,” Canoes head coach Zeb Dreppelin told a variety of reporters afterward. “I couldn’t be any prouder. And you shouldn’t be, either.”

Nearbytown (16-4 overall, 10-2 Moon-Shine Conference) entered the game still defending its 1973 state title. A grandson of a member of that legendary squad fouled out Friday after contributing seven turnovers.

Nearbytown had already clinched the league title, prior to the contest.

Vin Diagram led the way for the Canoes (7-13, 3-9 Moon-Shine), scoring nearly every basket that mattered. Exception: A teammate sank four crucial free throws down the stretch, in as many attempts, as the Canoes clinged or clung to a narrow lead or deficit.

Diagram was ecstatic, but even-keeled, during a post-game locker-room tweet.

“FWIW, IMO we just wanted it more tonight,” Diagram scribed, “or else maybe they just wanted it less.” #WantItMoreOrLess.

The Canoes enter postseason play riding momentum of a one-game winning streak.


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