Colvilleâs Alex Pond and Lukyn Holling dive for loose ball.
Indians make four-team
District 7 1A field
Colville High survived the Jordan Wood show last Friday night in a District 7 1A boyâs basketball tournament loser-out game, downing Riverside and their sharpshooter, 65-48.
The win earned the Indians (12-9) a District 7 1A Tournament opening date Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Mead High School against Highway 395 rival and Northeast A League runner-up Chewelah (15-5).
In the other loser-out game last Friday night, Newport (11-9) edged visiting Lakeside (9-11) 51-49 to advance to Wednesdayâs District opening round. The Grizzlies will oppose NEA regular season champion Freeman (13-7) at 6:30 p.m.
Three teams will advance from District to the Bi-District Tournament against the top three teams from the Caribou-Trail League. The Bi-District loser-out opening round starts next Tuesday night at Moses Lake High School. The double elimination tournament proper will be held at Chelan High School.
Need one win
One District win is necessary to advance to the Bi-District 6-7 Tournament against the CTL.
Wednesdayâs winners at Mead High will advance to the District 7 championship game Friday at Mead (6:30 p.m.). The winner will go as top seed and the loser will be second-seeded to Bi-District.
The opening round losers on Wednesday will play at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Mead for District 7âs third and final berth to Bi-District.
CHS head coach John Foulkes was pleased to be able to get past a Riverside team (4-17) that has struggled this season, but has been in a majority of their games.
âJordan Wood was fantastic,â Foulkes said of the second half show that Wood put on. The 5-11 senior guard and leagueâs best shooter scored 34 points, 29 of them in the second half. Wood had all but four of his teamâs points in the second half.
âWe didnât have anybody who could guard him in the second half,â Foulkes said. âThat was a fantastic display of shooting. Heâs got a pure strokeâŠI havenât seen anything like that since The Jimmer (former BYU star Jimmer Fredette). He was lighting it up and putting his head down and driving. It was just pretty dynamic.â
Wood has had a tendency to light up the Indians at times in the past three years, particularly in the second half of games. Last Friday night was one of those times.
âHe was scoring every way he couldâŠand heâs very much a team kid, but heâs had great success when it seems that there is no other choice but for him to try and take over (a game).
âIt was kind of dĂ©jĂ vu all over again.â
Riverside couldnât slow down Colville either
Wood had six second half three-pointers and was nine of nine from the free throw line in the game (seven of seven in the second half).
âLuckily, we had a big cushion and were having a lot of success getting the ball down low in the paint where we need to get it,â Foulkes said of the Indiansâ second highest scoring total of the season to date. âBut with Wood shooting like that, Riverside just wouldnât go away.â
Foulkes, who has a lot of respect for Wood and his ability, was happy to see the senior go out with some success.
âYou never like to have somebody go off for 34 points against you,â Foulkes said. âBut heâs a good kid and has had a great career. He did everything he could do against us in that second half. I was happy for him.â
Colville had considerable success ramping up the tempo and getting out on the break against the Rams. The Indians, who have preferred more of a half-court game for the most part this season, ran at every opportunity against Riverside.
The Indiansâ shooting percentage was reflective of a lot of easy looks.
CHS, 0-10 from three-point range, still shot 58 percent from the field (26 of 45âa season high). Colville was 13 of 18 at the free throw line and owned a 41-23 advantage on the boards.
Riverside was 15 of 58 from the field (26 percent) and eight of 28 from distance.
Sloppy with the basketball once again
If there was sore point, it had to do with Colvilleâs season-long Achilles heelâan inability to take good care of the basketball. The Indians committed 25 turnovers (CHS is averaging 21 a game). Fourteen of those turnovers came in the first half.
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Last yearâs team averaged 16 turnovers a game.
âWeâve had trouble there all season,â Foulkes said, adding that the Indians tend to turn the ball over whether they are running or not. âNo, it doesnât seem to matter.â
Senior post Alex Pond turned in what was likely the best all-around game of his career against Riverside. The 6-5, 220-pound Pond scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. He was eight of 12 from the floor and three of four from the free throw line. He also dished out four assists.
âPond had that sense of urgency,â Foulkes said. âHe and our other seniors didnât want to see it end.
âAlex was pretty dynamic as far as the effort was concerned.â
Inside running mate Matt Hubbard, a 6-9 sophomore, also turned in as solid an outing as heâs had all season long with 24 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.
Hubbard was six of seven from the free throw line and nine of 15 from the field.
âThatâs a pretty impressive line,â Foulkes said. âThatâs one of Mattâs best games of the season.â
The Indians are only a few days removed from a disappointing home loss to Chewelah that thrust the Indians into that loser-out game and the Cougars into sole possession of second place in the NEA.
âItâs going to be a tough week and it starts with Chewelah on Wednesday,â Foulkes said. âWe need to win one of two games this week to advance.â
Foulkes hopes his Indians will be able to amp up the offense and run some against a Chewelah team that likes to get the game up-tempo with a guard-oriented team that shoots it well and has good quickness.
âWe would like to be able to get the game up and down a little and be able to get the ball into the paint like we did against Riverside,â Foulkes said. âBut we are going to have to pick our spots there (running). They will definitely challenge us with their quickness.
âThey are tough, athletic and experienced.â
Newport was able to escape their loser-out game with Lakeside and advance after guard Jeron Konkright hit a jumper with one second left in regulation.
Jake Wiley led NHS with a game-high 20 points.
Lakeside got 13 points apiece from Conner Moffatt and Jake Wideman.