Commandos best Portland, face Beech in district quarterfinals

HENDERSONVILLE — Survive and advance.

That is exactly what the Hendersonville Commandos did Sunday afternoon in the District 9-AAA boys play-in game as they escaped a fiesty Portland Panthers team, 45-37.

TJ Kolbe sparked the Commandos off the bench, scoring a team-high 11 points, including seven points in the fourth quarter.

Hendersonville trailed Portland 17-13 at the break as neither team could find much flow offensively.

Portland extended their lead to nine in the third quarter, their biggest advantage of the game, but a Commando 5-0 run in the final 1:35 of the frame, cut the Commandos deficit to only two, 28-26, after 24 minutes.

Hendersonville dominated the fourth frame, outscoring Portland 19-9, getting timely buckets from four different Commandos.

HHS will play at Beech High School in the District 9AAA Quarterfinal Round on Monday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Portland ends their season 8-21.

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