Big second-half rally powers Touchet boys past Tri-Cities Prep

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TOUCHET - The Touchet Indians staged a second-half rally to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit and win going away 57-48 over Tri-Cities Prep here Friday in a Southeast B District Southern Division boys baskeball battle between the division's only Class 1B schools.

"The first half we forced the issue a lot and held the ball, and it didn't seem we got in sync," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "We relaxed in the second quarter, but not enough to get in the lead. A few adjustments at halftime really opened things up."

Touchet opened the third quarter by sinking five consecutive treys - the first three by Bo Segerman, followed by Michael Valencia and Marshall Byerley 3-point bombs - that ignited a 19-point period and led to a 40-37 lead going to the fourth.

"Bo (Segerman) was contagious and got everyone going. That was the story of the ball game," McKeown said. "The momentum shifted right there and we just kept it up on into the fourth quarter."

Matt Kates led the Indians with 19 points, including an 8-of-9 night from the foul line.

TCP's leading scorer, Will Hoppes, was held to 15 points against Jake Hodnefield's harassing defense. Hoppes scored 27 in the the earlier meeting between the two teams.

TRI-CITIES PREP (48) - Solarzano 3 2-3 9, Hoppes 5 4-4 15, Redmann 2 0-0 4, Ledesma 3 0-1 8, Foust 0 0-0 0, Ghirando 0 0-0 0, J. Peterson 4 3-6 11, Rivas 0 1-2 1, Loftus 0 0-0 0, Versteeg 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-16 48.

TOUCHET (57) - Hodnefield 2 2-3 6, Segerman 3 0-0 9, Byerley 4 0-0 11, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, O'Brien 2 0-0 5, Kates 5 8-9 19, Ford 2 0-0 4, Valencia 1 0-0 3, Contreras 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 10-12 57.

Tri-Cities Prep 13 15 9 11 - 48

Touchet 7 14 19 17 - 57

3-point goals - TCP 4 (Ledesma 2, Solarzano, Hoppes), Touchet 9 (Segerman 3, Byerley 3, O'Brien, Kates, Valencia). Total fouls-TCP 12, Touchet 17. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - TCP 20 (Ledesma 5), Touchet 31 (Hodnefield 11, Ford 8). Turnovers - TCP 9, Touchet 13. Assists - TCP 6 (Foust 4), Touchet 17 (Byerley 8). Steals - TCP 12 (Ledesma 4), Touchet 5 (Hodnefield 2, Ford 2).

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