Rick Sloan remembers Eli Emerson having games like he had Friday years ago in middle school.
Emerson came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points, leading visiting Central Valley to a big 55-45 victory over the Lewis and Clark Tigers in a Greater Spokane League game.
“In his AAU glory days, Eli would score like that every night,” Sloan said. “We saw him do that so many times. To watch him not have that kind of success in his high school career has been disappointing (for him).”
Emerson made 8 of 9 shots from the field including 4 of 5 3-point attempts.
Perhaps Emerson’s biggest basket came with 1:10 remaining when he made a 30-footer as the shot clock was about to expire. It gave CV a 49-40 lead.
“I thought maybe if put up a shot and I’d give my teammates a chance to get a rebound for another possession, but it went in,” Emerson said.
It was a particularly satisfying win after CV lost to Shadle Park on Tuesday.
“We’ve been a little off with our offense the past couple of games but our defense has been really solid,” Emerson said. “It was nice to put the two together. That was a nice solid win for us.”
LC could have locked up no worse than the second seed for the district tournament. CV (13-4, 11-4 GSL) pulled within a game of the Tigers (13-4, 12-3).
Sloan thought both teams played well defensively.
“It was a good gutsy win for us,” Sloan said. “I was proud of the way we defended.”
Josh Thomas had 14 points and seven rebounds for CV and Cameron Tucker had 11 rebounds. Naje Smith led LC with 14 points and seven rebounds and Dom Oliveri had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Shadle Park 60, Mt. Spokane 40: The visiting Highlanders (13-4, 12-3) moved into a tie for second, pulling away from the Wildcats (3-14, 2-13). Kylan Kelley led Shadle with 21 points, Tanner Groves had 14 and Andreas Brown added 10. Shadle outrebounded Mt. Spokane 34-20. Sam Stiles led the Wildcats with 17.
Ferris 71, North Central 30: The visiting Saxons (9-8, 8-7) opened a 40-12 lead by halftime. Mike Ervin led Ferris with 15 points, Alec Seller had 11 and Max Thompson had 10. Damion Carter led the Indians (0-17, 0-15) with 10.
Mead 54, Rogers 52: The visiting Pirates (3-15, 3-12) led 45-41 going into the fourth before the Panthers (10-8, 7-8) rallied. Dedrick Pakootas led Mead with 19 points and James Baird had 10 and six rebounds. KJ Hassett led Rogers with 26 points. The visiting Pirates (3-15, 3-12) led 45-41 going into the fourth before the Panthers (10-8, 7-8) rallied. Dedrick Pakootas led Mead with 19 points and James Baird had 10 and six rebounds. KJ Hassett led Rogers with 26 points.
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