Thursday night’s game: Port Townsend wins thriller, advances to state semis

TACOMA — The Port Townsend boys basketball team rewrote the same story it authored a day before at the Class 2A state basketball tournament.

One night after overcoming a nine-point deficit in the opening round against West Valley (Spokane), the Redskins came back from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the River Ridge (Lacey) Eagles 53-47 in overtime.

It was all made possible by senior Aaron Gifford, who shook off a cold-shooting first half to score 15 of his game-high 19 points in the final 20 minutes.

That included a game-tying shot at the end of regulation in which he took the ball coast-to-coast and laid it in off glass at the buzzer for a 41-41 tie.

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