Indians bomb away on Colton's Wildcats

Touchet's boys shoot 70 percent from beyond the arc as they hand Colton the 70-54 district playoff defeat Thursday.

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TOUCHET - Touchet's boys shot a scorching 70 percent from beyond the 3-point arc as the Indians awakened from a slow first quarter to down Colton, 70-54, in the first round of the Southeast 1B District playoffs Thursday night.

"I've never seen that done (the 16-for-23 3-point shooting) as long as I've been coaching," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said of his 20-plus-year coaching career. "It was phenomenal for those kids. It was contagious. It started with Matt (Kates), and then Marshall (Byerley) went crazy, and (Jake) Hodnefield went crazy. He (Hodnefield, on one play) took two steps in from half-court with the shot clock going off, tossed it up and nothing but net."

The 3-point barrage sparked Touchet's rally from an early deficit. The Indians trailed 6-0 in the first quarter, and 11-9 after the opening eight minutes.

"It started flat for us," McKeown said. "We stayed a couple points back, but we had to get something going and I got a little motivated with them.

"The second quarter, they started ralaxing and playing ball. We only made one 2-point field goal in the second quarter, the rest were 3s. It was the same scenario in the third. In the past, we relaxed in the third, but we made minor adjustments and we did not relax (in the third quarter). In the third we two 2-pointers and five 3s."

The Indians's 29-25 lead at halftime was extended to 48-39 after the third period.

"The fourth quarter, we had a few more (2-point) field goals," McKeown said. "They (the Wildcats) had to come out (to the 3-point line) and take us, our 3-point bombing range was on. We had four field goals and four 3s in the fourth. The kids kept it up."

McKeown said the Indians also changed up their defense throughout the game.

"We went ‘man' most of the game, zone for awhile, and a couple presses at them," he said. "It threw them off (Colton) off guard."

Colton's 6-foot-5 big man Dustin Patchin was held to three points in the game behind the defense of 5-10 Hodnefield.

"Hodnefield shut him down," McKeown said.

Josh Straughan led the Wildcats with 15 points, while Sam Robertson put up 14.

Hodnefield and Byerley finished with 17 points apiece for Touchet, while Bo Segerman and Matt Kates had 15 points in the balanced Indians' scoring.

"The kids were playing with a lot of emotion," McKeown said. "They played like they wanted to win and went out and took it. It was a good win for us."

The victory sends fourth-seed Touchet to No. 1 seed Rosalia at 6 p.m. Saturday. A win at Rosalia means a 3 p.m. game at St. John-Endicott Monday, with a loss moving that game to 6 p.m. Monday.

As for the Indians' hot-shooting from downtown, "Whatever they ate, whatever clothes they wore, however they slept, do the same," McKeown said.

COLTON (54) - N. Jacobs 1 0-0 2 S. Jacobs 4 1-2 9, Straughan 6 0-0 15, Druffel 5 0-0 11, Robertson 7 0-0 14, Patchin 1 1-3 3, Lutfkas 0 0-0 0, Spence 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 2-5 54.

TOUCHET (70) - Hodnefield 5 4-4 17, Segerman 6 0-2 15, Byerley 6 0-0 17, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, O'Brien 0 0-0 0, Kates 5 0-0 15, Ford 1 0-0 2, Valencia 1 0-0 2, Contreras 1 0-0 2, Heinz 0-0 0-0, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 4-6 70.

Colton 11 14 14 15 - 54

Touchet 9 20 19 22 - 70

3-point goals - Colton 4 (Strahan 3, Druffel), Touchet 16 (Hodnefield 3, Segerman 3, Byerley 5, Kates 5). Total fouls - Colton 10, Touchet 5. Fouled out -none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Colton 32 (Druffel 11), Touchet 22 (Hodnefield 9). Turnovers - Colton 14, Touchet 8. Assists - Colton 11 (Roberson 4), Touchet 20 (Kates 4, Hodnefield 4).

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