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Area boys: Michael Coumont goes for 23 points in Freeman win over Newport

Jan. 17, 2017 Updated Tue., Jan. 17, 2017 at 10:47 p.m.

From staff reports

Michael Coumont scored 23 points and Freeman (13-1, 8-0) withstood a fourth-quarter comeback to knock off visiting Newport (8-5, 5-2) 72-63 on Tuesday to stay atop the Northeast A League.

Coumont drilled five 3-pointers for Freeman, which led 15-7 after the first quarter and 30-18 at halftime. Ryan Maine added 19 points and Rhys McVay had 12 for Freeman.

Newport whittled the deficit down to six and outscored the Scotties 25-18 in the fourth but couldn’t get over the hump. Koa Pancho scored all of his 22 points in the second half while Owen Leslie (17 points) and Tug Smith (12 points) hit four 3-pointers apiece.

Medical Lake 60, Riverside 48: Trenten Garza finished with 20 points as the visiting Cardinals (11-3, 7-1) defeated the Rams (2-13, 0-8).

Xavier Butler added 16 points for Medical Lake, which broke open a close game with a 17-9 run in the fourth quarter, including some late clutch free throws.

Thaddeus Trepanier scored 14 points and Kory Cross had 10 points for Riverside.

Lakeside (WA) 52, at Chewelah 46: Micah Holmes scored 18 points and the visiting Eagles (7-7, 5-3) held off the Cougars (5-7, 2-6).

Jacob Gifford brought in 12 points for Lakeside, which outscored Chewelah 18-14 in the fourth to escape with the win.

Ryder Robinson led Chewelah with 15 points.

Great Northern League

Cheney 57, East Valley 52: Camden Verstrat netted 10 points and the visiting Blackhawks (8-6, 1-5) surged late to edge the Knights (8-7, 3-4).

Landon West and Drake Johnson added eight points apiece for the Blackhawks.

Jeremiah Hillard led the Knights with 15 points, while DeVonte Gorman scored 14 points and Gage Rogers tallied 11.

Northeast 2B

Northwest Christian 62, Liberty 44: Asher Cox led the Crusaders (12-1, 10-0) with 21 points in a victory over the visiting Lancers (9-5, 7-3).

Ryan Ricks scored 15 points for Northwest Christian, while teammate Rolf Veenstra added 13 points. NWC raced out to a 26-9 lead after the first quarter.

Tyler Haas led Liberty with 17 points and Chase Burnham added 15.

Northeast 1B

Valley Christian 52, Columbia 45: Adam Bruno scored 14 points to lead all scorers, and the visiting Panthers (1-15, 1-10) held off the Lions (2-11, 2-8).

Bruno made 6 of 6 from the line late in the game to help the Panthers hang on. Ben Riehle chipped in 12 points for VC and also sank two late free throws.

Darrin Bloomquist and Corbin Nelson notched 13 points apiece to lead the Lions.

Cusick 51, Selkirk 47: Colton Hansen scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers (12-3, 9-2) past the visiting Rangers (5-10, 5-6).

Hansen also drilled two key free throws with only 5 seconds left to lift the Panthers up by four.

The Rangers were by Ben Avey with 12 points and Austin Robertson added 10.

Curlew 40, Republic 21: Liam Chamberlain netted 18 points, and the Cougars (5-9, 5-8) defeated the visiting Tigers (5-10, 3-9).

Justin Hanks added 14 points for Curlew, which limited Republic to eight points or fewer in each of the four quarters.

Joe Koepke led the Tigers with six points.

Northeast 2B

Northwest Christian 62, Liberty 44: Asher Cox led the Crusaders (12-1, 10-0) with 21 points to help his team to a 62-44 victory over the visiting Lancers (9-5, 7-3).

Ryan Ricks earned 15 points for Northwest Christian, while teammate Rolf Veenstra brought in 13 points. NWC raced out to a 26-9 lead after the first quarter.

Tyler Haas led Liberty with 17 points, and Chase Burnham scored 15 points.

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