Boys basketball: Mark Morris 63, Hockinson 60

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Hawks coach Jon Warner hopes a loss like what his Hockinson team had Thursday is more of a positive as the 2A GHSL schedule approaches the halfway point next week.

“Hopefully” he said, “we’re moving in the right direction. I’m still really proud of them.”

That’s after making it a one-possession game in the game’s final seconds after trailing by as many as nine in the second half against a Monarchs squad that’s won or shared the past 17 consecutive league titles.

Warner credited his team’s execution and sticking to the game plan for 32 minutes that led to success Thursday.

Payton Brammer led the way with 21 points and and Mason Panfiglio added 19, including 7 of 9 at the line.

Brammer’s basket made it a 62-60 game on Hockinson’s second-to-final possession and after Mark Morris made 1 of 4 free throws, Hockinson’s half-court heave was no good.

MARK MORRIS 63, HOCKINSON 60

MARK MORRIS — Dawson Fritz 0, Tanner Vaillencourt 10, Reese Gibb 4, Garrett Berger 15, Tyler Berger 22, Evan Surface-McNally 6, Zach Rismoen 4, Thomas Sprague 2. Totals 23 (8) 9-13 63.

HOCKINSON — Micah Paulsen 2, Canon Racanelli 2, Peyton Brammer 21, Sawyer Racanelli 9, Caleb Newman 4, Cameron Venema 3, Mason Panfiglio 19. Totals 21 (5) 13-18 60.

M. Morris 11 24 17 11–63

Hockinson 17 16 13 14–60

JV — Mark Morris, 57-48.