GSL race tightens
The unpredictable world of Greater Spokane League boys basketball didn’t disappoint Tuesday night.
Among the night’s games, Mead (3-2) moved up with a victory at North Central (4-2), and Lewis and Clark (3-3) evened its record by ending Mt. Spokane’s (3-3) three-game winning streak, also on the road.
That left five teams separated by a game with Rogers (3-4), a winner at home against University (1-5), right behind.
They trail GSL leaders Gonzaga Prep (6-0) and Shadle Park (6-1), who were also were victorious.
Shadle Park 62, Central Valley 61: Highlanders senior Luke Jordan was fouled on a 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining and made all three free throws for the victory. His previous 3-pointer, for his only points in the game, helped Shadle rally from 45-39 deficit in the final quarter. Shadle Park’s Anthony Brown scored 26, nine in the final quarter. Michael Williams and Scott Simon combined for nearly half of CV’s points in the upset bid.
LC 51, Mt. Spokane 45: The Wildcats led by 10 at halftime, but ultimately had no answer for the inside presence of 6-foot-7 Sean Hoffmann. Hoffmann scored 12 of his game-high 28 points – one short of his career high – in the fourth quarter that, coupled with his rebounding, turned the tide. LC outscored the hosts 30-14 in the second half. The Wildcats’ Chaz Johnson tallied 22 points.
Mead 77, NC 64: The visitors scored 50 points in the first half, 30 during the initial quarter to lead by 17 and were ahead by 24 points at intermission. Scoring was evenly distributed among seven Panthers who tallied between eight and 14 points, led by Erik Hansen. North Central’s Lucas Evans, a 6-8 junior, scored 18 and Nathan Pelton added 17.
Rogers 65, University 59: Pirates senior Jesse Vaughan scored 23 points, had eight rebounds and five assists and the hosts broke a halftime tie with a 15-6 third-quarter spurt, thanks to solid defense. Junior Dillon Franklin added 19. U-Hi closed to within three points in the second half. Ali Alshahrani scored a season-high 20 for University.
Gonzaga Prep 57, East Valley 46: The host Knights (0-6) hung tough, trailing by single digits in the fourth quarter after falling behind by 14 through three. The Bullpups played without point guard David Stockton. Ryan Nicholas scored 15 for the victors.
Springdale 63, Kettle Falls 40: Junior post Sam Howard scored 19 points to guide the host Chargers (4-2) past the Bulldogs (1-5). Kettle Falls hit eight 3-pointers.