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Sterling Gonzalez // The Torch
Tre’Var Holland, Titan point guard from the 2017 top-ranked high school team in the nation, drives down the court during a fast break. He led all scorers with 26 points as the Titans beat the Penguins 86-75.

Saturday afternoon’s game featured the Lane men’s team and Clark Community College. The teams are tied for last place in the Southern Region. The Titans are in a rough patch, losing their last six games in a row. Both teams have two wins and six losses in conference play.

Clark opened the scoring with a 3-pointer. Lane Freshman guard Keaton McKay responded by converting on his first two shots and the first five Titan points. The teams battled for the upper hand early in the first half with a handful of lead changes in the opening 10 minutes.

Kylor Kelley was active on the defensive end early with three blocks and three rebounds. McKay hit a 3-pointer which gave the Titans a four-point lead. McKay made six of his seven attempts from behind the arc.

A few possessions later, Titan Gabe Sorber followed a missed layup and tipped in the offensive rebound for his first points of the competition. With six minutes left in the first half, the Titans held a slim 25-20 lead.

Clark began to pull away with two minutes remaining. Clark guard Jesse Vogel made a move on the fast break to give the Penguins a seven-point lead. The Penguins held onto the lead at halftime going up 37-31.

Lane started the second half scoring five fast break points and cutting the Clark lead to just one on a layup for Tre’Var Holland. McKay tied the game at 42 with his third 3-pointer. The two teams traded 3-pointers until the score was tied at 50 with 15 minutes remaining.

Mike Swadberg came off the bench and made a smooth up-and-under move to give Lane their first lead of the half.

“Mike came in off the bench and provided some solid minutes. He sparked the energy for this team,”  head coach Bruce Chavka said on Swadberg’s contribution to the team.

Kelley scored his second basket of the contest on an out-of-bounds play that set him up in the middle of the lane to score over the defense.

McKay gave Lane their biggest lead of the night on another 3-pointer that put the score at 63-57. But their lead didn’t last long as Clark came down and hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it at 63 with a little over nine minutes remaining.

Holland hit his first 3-pointer of the night to as the Titans went up by six with less than six minutes remaining. Another 3-pointer by Keiron Goodwin, followed by a contested layup for Holland widened the Titan margin to 10. The Titans finished strong and got their first win since Jan. 6., defeating Clark 86-75.

McKay filled the stat sheet with 24 points, four rebounds and one steal while Goodwin finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and an assist. Kelley finished with four points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Holland led the team in scoring with 26 points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals.

“We’ve been on a losing streak and today I wanted to be aggressive and keep attacking,” Holland said after his fourth game of scoring 25+ points this season.

The Titans will play again at home on Wednesday Feb. 7 against SouthWest Oregon Community College, who is third in the NWAC in points-per-game, averaging just over 90 ppg.