Touchet boys take care of Helix

Three Indians score in double figures as Touchet takes the 58-38 win on the Grizzlies' court Tuesday.

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HELIX - The Touchet Indians slayed the Helix Grizzlies in boys non-league basketball action here Tuesday night, 58-38.

The Indians had three players score in double figures: Eric Hines with 10 points, Zach Carson with 12 and Connor McKeown with 16 points.

Four other Touchet players found a way into the scoring column.

The balanced scoring attack was too much for the Grizzlies to handle because only four of their players scored, with Zach Sundin dropping in 16 of the 38 points for Helix while also grabbing 12 rebounds.

"Helix has got a lot better since the last time we played them," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said, "and Zach (Sundin) was really tearing it up for them.

"We try to share the ball - that is my philosophy unless we have anybody hot and then we try to get the ball to them. Other than that, my kids are pretty equal and at any given time, they can all score."

The Indians had seven team assists and the Grizzlies had six, with four from Dusty Bennett, who also scored nine points.

Contributing mightily to the Grizzly attack was Greg Papineau, who had nine points and tied for a game-high 13 rebounds.

"We played a lot better," Helix coach Luke Hegdal said, who was suspended due to being ejected from the game Saturday against Long Creek. Hegdal's wife, Livia, an assistant with the Helix girls team, filled in for him.

"Obviously, we still have work to get our offense to click, but our defense is playing well," Luke Hegdal said.

As a team, Touchet outrebounded Helix 41-29, with Hines, Carson and Elias Martinez nabbing eight rebounds apiece.

Touchet's offense was slow to start and then took off after the first quarter.

"We got the fastbreak going and weren't disciplined enough to back it out and run our offense early in the game," McKeown said. "The guys just wanted to go, go, go. After we calmed down, we did a better job and were able to take our time without the shot clock."

Touchet scored 10 points in the first quarter, 20 in the second and 14 apiece in the final two quarters.

Helix hung with Touchet in the second and fourth quarters, but had dry spells of less than 10 points in the first and third quarters.

The Touchet defense who had 14 steals and forced 19 Grizzly turnovers in the game.

"We try to focus on in-your-face defense, never-die attitude and never back down to anybody," McKeown said. "That is what I try to instill in these kids - that we never give up whether we're winning or losing."

A putback by Martinez started the scoring. Dusty Bennett tied the game at 2-2 with a layup for the Grizzlies. Another rebound and layup for Martinez followed at the four-and-a-half minute mark in the first quarter.

Octavio Preciado stole a pass and took it the length of the court for a fastbreak layup to give the Indians a 6-2 lead. Two Preciado free throws increased the lead.

A fade away bank shot by Derek Clark moved the score to 8-4 at the three-minute mark of the first quarter.

The quarter closed on a rebound and layup by Carson. The next quarter was more Indians with another second-chance point, this time two from Connor McKeown. Colter McKeown then hit Connor McKeown on a backdoor-cut-to-the-hoop pass for another 2, completing the 14-6 run at the 6:30 mark of the second quarter.

The Indians then traded buckets with Helix, with Touchet outscoring the Grizzlies 16-13 in the second quarter. Sundin had seven of the 13 Helix points in that second quarter time span of six and a half minutes.

The halftime lead for Touchet was just eleven points.

Touchet opened the second half with a 12-3 run and put some distance on the Grizzlies. It was a 20-point lead for the Indians at the one-minute mark of the third quarter.

"We started really working for our shot," McKeown said. "In the first half, we weren't really doing that. We started making better choices on our shots and we had balanced scoring. That balanced scoring is an important part to any offense."

The Indians improve to 2-2 and host a pair of league games this Friday and Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. against Colton and Lacrosse-Wastucna.

Helix is 1-5 on the season, and the Grizzlies play at Imbler Saturday.

Touchet 58, Helix 38

TOUCHET (58) - Martinez 4 0-0 8, Flores 2 0-2 4, Carson 4 4-4 12, Preciado 1 2-8 3, Hines 4 1-2 10, McKeown, Connor 6 4-6 16, McKeown, Colter 2 3-4 5. Totals 22 14-26 58.

HELIX (38) - Clark 2 0-0 4, Bennett 3 3-6 9, G. Papineau 2 5-8 9, Sundin 6 4-4 16, Decicio 0 0-0 0, L. Papineau 0 0-0 0, Kubishta 0 0-0 0, Bushman 0 0-0 0, Hack 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Springer 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 12-20 38.

Touchet 10 20 14 14 - 58

Helix 4 15 5 14 - 38

3-point goals - Touchet 1 (Hines), Helix 1 (Sundin). Total fouls - Touchet 12, Helix 17. Fouled out - Helix (Sundin). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Touchet 41 (Hines 8, Carson 8, Martinez 8), Helix 29 (Papineau 13). Assists - Touchet 7 (Hines, Flores 2), Helix 6 (Bennett). Turnovers - Touchet 14, Helix 19.

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