VAN-FAR HOLDS OFF CENTRALIA WITH LATE BARNES JUMPERS

Van-Far controlled the first 20 minutes of its matchup with Centralia in the MRMC Holiday Shootout at MACC. Centralia trailed by 11 points in the middle of the third quarter, but the Panthers surged to a late lead before the Indians answered with a 54-51 victory.

The Indians executed their transition offense in the first half whereas the Panthers missed several shots within a few feet of the basket. Van-Far’s Josh Hodde struggled late, but the sophomore guard played an excellent first half as his 11 points pushed the Indians to a 29-22 lead at the break. Van-Far drilled a few shots early in the second half before Centralia utilized the bench duo of Peyton Davis and Riley Salisbury to tie the game 40-40 after three quarters. The two reserves scored a combined 22 points, and Panthers starter Klayton Marty added eight second-half points to provide Centralia a lead one minute into the fourth quarter. A couple of lead changes followed, but Centralia held a 46-45 advantage inside three minutes to play. Then Van-Far placed the ball in the hands of its trusted veteran.



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And Barnes with an insurance bucket one minute later…



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Regional Radio’s Eric Duick with the calls on 99.9 The Captain and centralmoinfo.com. Van-Far’s guards impressed coach Pat Connaway with key plays in the final minutes.



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As Connaway referenced, Lathyn McMorris nailed four free throws in the last 35 seconds to prevent a Centralia comeback. McMorris scored 15 points while Nick Barnes finished with a game-high 17 points.

Van-Far Indians head coach Pat Connaway:



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Centralia Panthers head coach Jeff Martin:



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