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Clippers remain in Division II playoff hunt after fending off Raiders, 60-58

February 15, 2014

Cumberland senior guard Grant Osmundson, pictured in an earlier game, scored a team-high 15 points on Friday night to lead the Clippers past Shea. (File photo by Ernest A. Brown)

PAWTUCKET – In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Friday’s Division II crossover at “The Cage.”

The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion – by calmly making their free throws.

All told, Cumberland hit 7-of-8 freebies in the final minute and 15-of-19 in the second half. The grace-under-fire approach helped Gary Reedy’s crew top Shea, 60-58, and keep the Clippers right in the thick of the Division II playoff chase.

For full story and stats, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.

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