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Boys basketball roundup: Freeman beats Lakeside in overtime-thriller

Jack Paukert hit a pair of free throws with 1 second left in overtime to give Freeman an 82-80 come-from-behind win over Lakeside in a Northeast A League battle for first place Friday night in Nine Mile Falls.

The Scotties trailed by 13 points after the first quarter, but chipped away through the next three quarters. The win gave Freeman (12-3, 8-1) sole possession of first place in the NEA.

Lakeside’s Cameron Gay had 32 points and eight assists and forced overtime with a 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Gunnar Swannack added 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles (11-4, 7-2).

Freeman was led by Ryan Maine’s 30 points. Nate Jacobus added 17 and Paukert finished with 14.

Freeman beat Lakeside 65-56 on Dec. 15. The Scotties have a two-game adantage over Lakeside and Newport atop the league standings with five games remaining.

Colville 56, Deer Park 55: Alberto Cisneros scored 15 points and Jack Hinds and Dallis Martin added 12 apiece as the Indians (4-9, 3-6) edged the host Stags (4-11, 3-6). Deer Park’s Dante Myers made seven 3-pointers and finished with 24 points.

Riverside 44, Newport 39: Kory Cross scored 12 points and Ethan Spencer made all six of his fourth-quarter free throws as the Rams (3-11, 2-7) rallied in the fourth and beat the visiting Grizzlies (11-4, 6-3). Riverside outscored Newport 16-5 in the final quarter to erase a six-point third-quarter deficit.

Medical Lake 79, Chewelah 57: Cory Wagner led four players in double figures with 24 points and the Cardinals (9-5, 6-3) cruised past the host Cougars (2-13, 1-8). Medical Lake’s Xavier Butler and Cooper James added 13 points apiece. Chewelah’s Owen Baldwin, Chayse Frizzel and Dakota Kroiss all scored 11.

Inland Empire 5A

Post Falls 65, Lake City 51: Max McCullough scored 24 points and Jacob Pfennigs added nine points and 13 rebounds as the Trojans (10-5, 2-0) jumped ahead early and eased past the Timberwolves (3-11, 0-4) in Coeur d’Alene. McCullough made 7 of 11 shots from the field and 8 of 10 free throws. Lake City’s James Carlson made all five of his 3-pointers and scored 18 points.

Great Northern

Clarkston 65, Cheney 42: Trevon Allen poured in 31 points and the top-ranked Bantams (15-0, 7-0) beat the visiting Blackhawks (4-11, 0-8). Cheney’s Gaige Felix scored 13.


Kellogg 62, Timberlake 42: Koby Colburn had 18 points and 17 rebounds to guide the Wildcats (9-2, 3-0) past the visiting Tigers (2-8, 0-1). Kellogg’s Chase Jerome added 16 points and Ryan Martin chipped in 15 points, four assists and four steals.

Northeast 2B

Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 66, Wilbur-Creston 49: Wyatt Roettger poured in 25 points and the Broncos (10-6, 8-2) used a 15-5 second-quarter run to pull away and beat the Wildcats (5-9, 3-8) in Wilbur. Dallas Killian added 12 points and Alan Field chipped in 10 for Lind-Ritzville/Sprague. Wilbur-Creston’s Tucker Odegaard scored 16.

Liberty 71, Kettle Falls 39: The Lancers (16-1, 10-1) made 28 of 34 free throws in a win over the host Bulldogs (4-12, 3-8). Liberty’s Chase Burnham scored 17 and Patrick Paredes added 12. Kyle Keenan scored 12 points and Dakota Crumpler added seven points and seven rebounds for Kettle Falls.

Colfax 57, Reardan 33: Danny Robinson scored 15 points and the Bulldogs (11-6, 6-5) opened the game on a 18-6 run in a win over the host Indians (2-13, 1-9). Reardan’s Jordan Rohweder and Wyatt Thurman scored 10 apiece.

Northeast 1B

Republic 58, Valley Christian 41: Adrian McCarthy scored 22 points and Taylor Campbell added 18 as the Tigers (14-3, 10-2) defeated the host Panthers (5-10, 3-7). Valley Christiain’s Lucas Pitotti had 11 points and nine rebounds and James Segalla added 11 points and seven boards.

Curlew 73, Odessa-Harrington 43: Daniel Tresham scored 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds as the Cougars (10-3, 7-3) dumped the visiting Titans (1-12, 1-7). Gunner Brown added 19 points for Curlew, which outscored Odessa-Harrington 19-3 in the final quarter. The Titans’ Colt Stanford scored 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting.

Cusick 75, Columbia 36: Joe Cutshall and Dylan Hendershott scored 18 points apiece and the Panthers (6-7, 6-4) routed the Lions (1-11, 1-8) in Harrison. Matthew Robson scored 13 points for Columbia and Corbin Nelson added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline 85, Northport 19: Payton Nielsen led all scorers with 28 points as the Warriors (15-0, 11-0) cruised past the host Mustangs (0-13, 0-10). Aiden Middlesworth scored 13 for Northport.

Wellpinit 89, Inchelium 38: Brandon Flett and Cedric Bowen scored 20 points apiece and the Redskins (12-3, 8-2) dumped the visiting Hornets (3-9, 2-8). Flett made 9 of 12 shots and added 14 rebounds and Bowen made 9 of 16 shots and added eight steals.

Southeast 1B

Colton 83, St. John-Endicott 59: Brady Chadwick and Carter Dahmen scored 13 points apiece the Wildcats pulled away late and dumped the visiting Eagles (2-12, 0-7). St. John-Endicott’s Griffin Parrish scored 17.

Garfield-Palouse 66, Pomeroy 49: Matt Holbrook scored 26 points and Mason Bates added 17 as the Vikings (11-2, 6-1) beat the Pirates (8-7, 4-4) in Palouse. Pomeroy’s Oscar Morfin scored 14.

North Star

Wallace 69, Clark Fork 41: Justin Bayer scored 15 points and the Miners built a comfortable first-half lead and eased past the host Wampus Cats. Hunter Gust and Zayne Hunter added a combined 21 points for Wallace.


Sandpoint 54, Priest River 48: Davan Norris hit four 3-pointers and scored 34 points as the Bulldogs (5-10) withstood the Spartans’ late rally and won at Priest River. Hunter Hartwig scored 13 for the Spartans (6-6), who fought back in the second half after falling behind 21-7 in the first quarter.

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