Sisyphus has nothing on the College of the Canyons men's basketball team.
Sisyphus, the character in Greek mythology whose punishment in Hades was for eternity to roll a rock up a hill and then watch it roll back down, could have sympathized with a Canyons squad that made a dogged comeback but saw its effort go for naught when Valley's Rick Garrick made a three-point shot in the waning seconds.
Canyons trailed by as many as 15 points midway through the second half but lost, 87-86, when a closely guarded Garrick buried his shot with five seconds remaining Wednesday night in the Western State Conference Southern Division opener at Valley.
"It's kind of disappointing," Canyons Coach Lee Smelser said. "We've had so many close ones without getting over the hump."
Sisyphus pushed a rock, but Canyons (10-12) was unable to stop Garrick from shooting the rock.
"We play a lot of tough teams really close, but we can't seem to put them away," said Canyons' Nick Sanderson, who scored a game-high 25 points and put Canyons ahead, 86-84, on a fall-away jump shot with 34 seconds remaining. "We get them right to the edge, and we can't push them off the cliff."