Corcoran scores final five points to win

The Corcoran varsity boys basketball team got a sense of revenge Tuesday night when they outlasted the Taft Wildcats 66-61 in the first round of the CIF-CS Division IV playoffs.

After a nervous start to begin the game, the Wildcats battled back with a 7-0 run highlighted by Vaughn Richardson's three points to tie the score at 10. After the Panthers regained the lead, Richardson answered with a three-pointer with three seconds left in the quarter to give the Wildcats a 13-12 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Taft attempted to pull away late in the second quarter by leading 27-20 with four minutes to go. However, Corcoran countered by getting within two at 31-29 at the end of the first half.

Corcoran pulled ahead 23 seconds into the third quarter with a three-pointer but Taft tied the score 15 seconds later. The game seesawed back and fourth the rest of the quarter with Taft holding on to a 47-45 lead heading into the final qiarter.

Like the third quarter, Taft attempted to pull away in the fourth quarter when they upped the lead to 55-48 with 5:03 to go. The Panthers roared back to lead 59-56. After Taft tied the scoer at 61, the Panthers scored the final five points to win.

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