It was the final game of the second of the three-day Kiwanis Holiday Tournament. It was Taft versus Waldport, playing with a spot on the championship on the line.
With a tip-off that started after 8 p.m., all the other six schools in the tournament had left the Gym at Taft High School for the evening.
All except for one coach.
Sitting on the top row of the bleachers, laptop open and taking notes was Toledo head coach Eddie Townsend scouting the teams that would face the Boomers in the championship round the following afternoon — but more importantly, scouting the team that showed up on the schedule two more times.
As the time in the fourth quarter dwindled down to less than two minutes, Waldport appeared to be on its way to the championship round, and with it, a third matchup between the two Lincoln County rivals.
Then Taft made a run, and Waldport crumbled. Taft’s Lucas Hindman knocked down a three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, where the Tigers would eventually win 68-67 and send Waldport to the third-place game.
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