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PAWTUCKET â€“ In the manner of two exhausted boxers holding on to each other for dear life, Cumberland and Shea resided in the same space during much of Fridayâ€™s Division II crossover at â€śThe Cage.â€ť
The Clippers held a 55-46 lead with 58.1 seconds remaining before finding themselves with a legit fight on their hands. Yet every time the Raiders appeared to be knocking on the door, the visitors responded in true closeout fashion â€“ by calmly making their free throws.
All told, Cumberland hit 7-of-8 freebies in the final minute and 15-of-19 in the second half. The grace-under-fire approach helped Gary Reedyâ€™s crew top Shea, 60-58, and keep the Clippers right in the thick of the Division II playoff chase.
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