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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Jones, Gar/Pal outlast Oakesdale, take league


February 13, 2020

Ethan Hawkins; Kyle Bankus; Blake Jones; Matt Hockett

Gar/Pal's Ethan Hawkins, Kyle Bankus and Blake Jones surround Matt Hockett of Oakesdale for a rebound.

"Blake Jones! Blake Jones!" chanted the Gar/Pal pep band.

In the fourth quarter at Palouse Feb. 8, Jones and the Vikings were suddenly in a fight with Oakesdale, who had come from 10 points down in a low-scoring game, which would decide the Southeast 1B league boys basketball championship.

Jones, a senior forward, hit two outside shots in the last minute-and-a-half to hold back the Nighthawks, before Austin Jones made two free throws to seal it, 36-32.

On senior night – honoring the Vikings' Blake Jones, Dawson Dugger and Ethan Hawkins – it featured the absence of a particular junior.


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