Newport, Riverside up next for Colville
In as close to a must-win situation as a team could get at this juncture of the season, Colville High dug out a 53-45 win at Chewelah last Friday night in front of a packed house in the so-called 395 Showdown rivalry game.
Sophomore post Matt Hubbard led the Indians (8-8, 3-2) with 24 points and 19 rebounds (two off the school record). Senior post Alex Pond added 12 points and 16 rebounds.
The Indians trailed 27-25 at halftime back on Jan. 10 at Freeman before the Scotties outscored CHS 14-6 in the pivotal third quarter en route to a 46-36 Northeast A League win.
Colville hosted Newport (9-5, 3-2) on Tuesday and will travel to Riverside (4-11, 0-5) on Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Colville will travel to Nine Mile Falls to play Lakeside (2-3, 7-8).
The Tuesday date with Newport and the league’s best player, 6-7 Jake Wiley, was another stern test for the Indians, who had trouble containing the University of Montana-bound Wiley and point guard Jeron Konkright in a bad loss at Newport earlier this month.
“We have to defend better if we are going to beat them,” CHS head coach John Foulkes said of Newport, arguably the most talented team in the NEA.
“At Newport it was a Wiley track meet and we didn’t contain their point guard (Konkright).”
Nobody really has been able to contain the Jake Wiley personal track meets all winter.
‘We need to defend the home court…’
Colville has always had trouble against Riverside, particularly at Chattaroy.
“Riverside is tough at home,” Foulkes said. “And we haven’t done well in that gym…we need to defend our home court and steal a game or two down the stretch.”
Colville has had its share of issues to date, most notably a marked propensity for turnovers and some offensive issues.
“Our bigs have to score and we have to do a decent job of taking care of the ball,” Foulkes said. “We also need to defend better.”
In the loss at Freeman (9-6, 4-1), a third quarter scoring lapse proved fatal against a Scotties’ team that plays tough defense and likes to get the game up-tempo.
The Indians simply weren’t able to get their big three of Hubbard, Pond and J.R. Henry enough touches.
“Our bigs just didn’t get many shots,” Foulkes said. “Freeman did a good job of keeping the ball out of our hands inside.”
Colville got up only 33 shots (a season low) against Freeman. The Indians hit 14 of them and were four of 10 from three-point distance.
Colville only got to the free throw line four times (four of four).
Freeman got up 54 shots, hitting only 15. But the Scotties were a hot seven of 17 from distance. FHS was 10 of 18 at the free throw line.
Colville had trouble with Freeman’s defensive pressure and committed 23 turnovers. The Scotties had only eight turnovers.
For one of the few times all season, more aggressive Freeman outrebounded much taller Colville.
Pond led Colville with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hubbard had 10 points and nine rebounds. Henry managed six points and five rebounds.
“It’s tough to win when you only score 36 points,” Foulkes said. “We just didn’t play very well and Freeman kind of got us to speed up. That doesn’t work for us. We have to control the tempo. We can’t get into a running game.”
On Friday night at loud and raucous Chewelah (11-4, 3-2), Colville built a 12-point second half lead before Chewelah roared back to take a two-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
Pond, Hubbard key big win at rival Chewelah
But down the stretch, Colville was able to pick up some key turnovers and get the ball consistently to Hubbard and Pond inside.
“I was pleased with our guts, heart and effort,” Foulkes said of winning in a difficult environment against an opponent who came in tied for the league lead. “That was a very good win against a good team. We needed to win that road game.
“We had to execute down the stretch after they came back…they just kept coming at us.”
Foulkes, who hasn’t played zone much with this group, switched to a zone in the fourth quarter. The Indians had trouble defending the lane and the drive and had to do something different.
“We couldn’t keep them in front of us, so we went zone,” Foulkes said, adding that opponents might see more 2-3, 2-1-2 out of the Indians down the stretch.
You’ve got to believe that with Colville’s size, the Indians could pose problems with a zone.
Foulkes was particularly impressed with Pond, who “showed some real leadership out there…he made a lot of plays for us. Alex was a great senior against Chewelah.”
Pond seemed to ratchet up the intensity level after taking an elbow to the nose in the first quarter. Bloodied but unbowed, the 6-5, 220-pound Pond went to the bench to staunch the blood. He was a force when he came back.
Ten of Pond’s 12 points came in the second half.
The 6-9 Hubbard was relentless in the fourth quarter. The sophomore, who spent considerable time on the bench with foul problems, scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter when Colville finished the game on a 7-1 run.
Colville made only 30 percent from the field (20 of 66). The Indians were two of six from three-point distance and only 10 of 21 from the free throw line.
Colville out-boarded Chewelah 54-44 and held a decisive 15-5 edge on the offensive boards.
More turnovers for an opponent this time around
Chewelah, resigned mostly to work on the perimeter, was 17 of 45 from the field and a solid seven of 18 from the three-point line.
But the Cougars hurt themselves at the line (four of 14).
For one of the few times all season long, an opponent turned the ball over more often than the Indians. CHS had 16 turnovers and Chewelah had 18.
“That was a key,” Foulkes said. “Our guards were active on defense and had eight steals between them.”
Jay Shoemaker dished out five assists, scored three points and had a game-high six steals. His running-mate, senior point Taylor Murto, added two steals.
In games around the ultra-competitive NEA last week, Lakeside edged Newport 59-57 back on Jan. 10 when Conner Moffatt made a lay-in with six seconds left in the game.
Moffatt finished with a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds.
NEA scoring leader Jake Wiley led Newport with 30 points.
Derek Smith led three players in double figures last Tuesday in Chewelah’s 63-37 win over Riverside.
Smith bucketed 15 and Tyler Monasmith added 14 more for Chewelah.
On Friday night, Newport survived an upset bid by Riverside (4-11, 0-5) and the Grizzlies posted a 69-61 win at home behind the pretty much unstoppable Jake Wiley and his 34 points.
Newport (9-5, (3-2) point guard Jeron Konkright added 18 more for Newport and Spencer Douglas chipped in with 15.
Jordan Wood poured in 28 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Riverside. Freshman guard Tyler Axtell added 19 points.
League-leading Freeman (9-6, 4-1) blasted Lakeside 61-40 last Friday night at Rockford. The Scotties, the league’s best defensive team to date, outscored the Eagles 34-20 in the second half.
Lakeside fell to 7-8, 2-3.
Colville 53, Chewelah 45
CHS 12 11 12 18—53
Che. 12 7 15 11—45
Colville—Pond 12, Hubbard 24, Khater 2, Lee 0, Henry 7, Vaagen 1, T. Holling 3, Shoemaker 3, Murto 1, Holling 0.
Chewelah—Long 2, Pugh 5, Johnstone 13, B. Smith 5, Monasmith 1, D. Smith 16, Withington 3.
Freeman 46, Colville 36
CHS 15 10 6 5--36
Fre. 15 12 14 5—46
Colville—Murto 0, L. Holling 9, Shoemaker 2, T. Holling 0, Henry 4, Vaagen 2, Pond 9, Hubbard 8, Khater 2, Sprague 0, Lee 0.
Freeman—Miller 13, C. Unfred 12, VanderLinden 14, Harter 7.