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Posted On: 02/22/21 9:03 PM

TIFFIN -- Can you call it an upset if it’s already happened once? For the second time this year, Grinnell beat Clear Creek Amana and this one was even more important, as the Tigers advance to Thursday’s substate semifinal against Washington with their 69-58 win over the higher-seeded Clippers. 

A deliberate offensive attack and some timely 3-point shooting helped keep the Clippers at bay throughout the night, as Grinnell shot 22-40 from the floor and 9-12 from behind the arc in the win. 

Grinnell held a 32-24 lead at the break, closing the second quarter with an 8-0 run to take a lead that they never gave back up. After CCA scored the first five points of the third quarter, Grinnell responded with three straight 3-pointers to push the lead back up to double-digits. A Ryan Navara 3 with 2:55 to play in the fourth quarter pulled the Clippers back within 2 points, 55-53, but Grinnell answered with the next five points to take control back. They made their free throws down the stretch and the result was never really in doubt. 

Grinnell improves to 9-13 with the win. The Tigers were led by Cole McGriffColeMcGriff5'11" | SGGrinnell | 2021StateIA, who had

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