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Timberwolves stop Colfax bid for league sweep

 

January 17, 2019

Kelan Becker and James Barris

Kelan Becker of Colfax and James Barris of Reardan go up for a rebound.

A run for a Colfax sweep of the first lap of the NE-south hoop league was derailed Saturday night at Tekoa when the host Timberwolves charged over the last two quarters. Tekoa/Rosalia erased most of a 29-22 Colfax lead in the third quarter and then out-scored the Bulldogs 16-8 in the last quarter for a 52-48 win.

The game was expected to be a showdown between the two league neighbors and unfolded in a packed gym.

The loss left Colfax at 4-1 for the first league round, with the second round of league games slated to start Friday when Asotin teams visit Colfax.

The Timberwolves, who sustained a big loss to the LRS Broncos in the Friday game, finished the first round at 3-2 with a trip to Reardan set Friday and a game against Liberty in the Rosalia gym Saturday.

A rematch of the Bulldog-Timberwolf collision will be Tuesday night in the Colfax gym.

A big piece of the TR win Saturday came at the freethrow line. Tekoa/Rosalia hit 13 of 16 shots from the toss line, and Colfax hit just one of four toss shots for the game.

The Timberwolves gained momentum at the line by picking up five of six toss shots made available when the Bulldogs fouled TR shooters who were attempting three-point buckets.

Craig Mueller, who scored a run of points early in the second half, and Garrett Naught, led the Timberwolves with 14 points each.

The T-wolves took the lead with 3:13 left when Noah Beach hit a jumper for a 46-45 edge. Naught followed that with two toss shots.

Colfax came back to tie it up at 48-48, but Mueller hit a bucket with 41 seconds left, and Riley McLain iced it with another pair of TR toss shots in the last 27 seconds.

The win extended the TR home court mark to 7-0.

Carson Cloaninger again led Colfax with 17.

Colfax made the trip up to Tekoa after roaring past Reardan 75-42 Friday on the home court to advance their league record to 4-0.

Three-point shooting was a big part of the runaway win with nine Colfax shooters hitting a trey. Cloaninger who finished with 23 points, put down two three-pointers.

The Bulldogs shooting overall topped 60 percent for the night against the Indians who had trouble keeping possession of the ball.

Coach Reece Jenkin cleared off the bench in the last quarter.

Colfax led 39-15 at the break and staked another 13 points on the gap in the third period.

Colfax 75-Reardan 42: 22/7 17/8 24/11 16/12. Hunter Claassen 2 (3pt) 0-0 5, Cameron Hiatt 4 (2 3pt) 0-2 10, Bennett Gray 3 (3pt) 0-0 7, Cole Baerlocher 1 (3pt) 1-2 4 Bennett Gray 3 (3pt) 0-0 7, Carson Cloaninger 8 (2 3pt) 5-5 23, John Lustig 3 (3pt) 0-0 7, Gavin Hammer 2 (3pt) 0-0 5 , Gunnar Aune 1 (3-pt) 0-0 3, Kelan Becker 1 0-0 2, Damian Demler 0 1-2 1. Total 28 9-13 f-13 75. Reardan: James Barris 1 (3pt) 0-0 3, Zane Perleberg 1 1-1 3, Andre Alsept 2 (2 3pt) 2-2 8, Cade Francis 4 0-0 8, Tyler Sprecheer 6 (3pt) 4-6 17, Noah Landt 1 (3pt) 0-0 3, Total 15 7-9 f-13 42.

Tekoa/Rosalia 52-Colfax 48: 12/15 10/14 14/11 16/8: Garrett Naught 14, Anthony Gehring 6, Noah Beach 6, Riley McLain 8, Craig Mueller 14, Mitchell Billings 2, Joe Rerecich 2. Colfax: Claassen 2, Hiatt 7, Gray 5, Rubin 9, Cloaninger 17, Becker 8.

 
 

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