Cardinals cruise to tourney title

Mike Middlebrooks came off the bench to score 15 points and snare a game-high 13 rebounds, including nine offensive boards, to guide the North Idaho Cardinals (11-1) to a 109-56 victory over the Green River Gators (4-2) in the championship game of the Bigfoot/Cardinal Classic men’s basketball tournament on Sunday in Coeur d’Alene.

Jalil Abdul-Bassit tossed in a game-high 18 points for the Cardinals on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Keon Lewis hit all eight of his free throws, scored 16 and grabbed nine rebounds. Reserve Mikey Hope tallied 17 points and three assists. Kaj Sherman chipped in with 12 points and nine boards, while James Webb scored 13.

Kendal Brown led the Gators with 17 points, but hit just 6 of 19 shots.

• Shaquielle McKissie poured in a game-high 40 points on 12-of-13 shooting, including 6 of 6 from behind the 3-point arc, and the Edmonds Tritons defeated the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch 96-91 in the consolation finals of the Bigfoot/Cardinal Classic at North Idaho College.

McKissie added a game-high nine rebounds for the Tritons (4-1), who received a 20-points effort from Joey Reavley.

Tyler Edwards hit three 3-pointers and scored 19 to lead the Sasquatch (3-3). Luke Edwards pitched in with 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Brady Bagby scored 16 with four assists. Stefan Buratto scored 12 and Eric Holbrook 10 to round out the double-figure scorers for CCS.


Kate Duvall posted the highest individual finish for the Whitworth Pirates on the final day of competition at the Husky Invitational at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Duvall placed 14th in the ‘B’ final of the 200-yard breaststroke with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2 minutes, 6.3 seconds. The mark was four seconds off her previous best this season.

• The Washington State Cougars finished sixth at the Hawkeye Invite in Iowa City, Iowa.

Loree Olson led the way for the Cougars with a fourth-place showing in the 200-yard backstroke. She clocked in with a time of 1:58.72 – the second fastest time in the event in school history.

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