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Clark basketball: Franklin’s 3 at buzzer wins it for Penguins in 4OT at Chemeketa

The Columbian

Jason Franklin’s 3-pointer at the buzzer in the fourth overtime gave the Clark Penguins men’s basketball team a 116-114 victory over Chemeketa on Wednesday at Salem, Ore.

Franklin, a Union High grad, played just eight minutes and scored seven points, but the biggest stat on the scoresheet was 1 for 1 from behind the 3-point line.

It was quite the return of NWAC division play after four weeks off for COVID-19 precautions.

Clark’s last game was a win on Dec. 17 over South Puget Sound to finish non-league play. The Penguins (8-5, 1-0 NWAC South) have now won five of their last six games.

Liam Clark and Sean Johnson each had double-doubles for the Penguins. Clark had 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Johnson had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Both made 11 field goals.

Rodwens Albert added 16 points, and Malachi Mills came off the bench to score 16 points to go with eight rebounds and four assists.

WOMEN: CHEMEKETA 61, CLARK 52 — Neriah Efferson scored 13 points to go with 15 rebounds for the Penguins in their NWAC South opening defeat.

Maggie Spencer had 12 points off the bench for Clark (4-8, 0-1).


Clark hosts Linn-Benton of Albany, Ore., on Saturday at the O’Connell Sports Center. Women are scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m. with the men to follow at 4 p.m.

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