Touchet boys win battle in Southeast 1B play Friday night

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Touchet's Eric Hines fouls Pomeroy's Justin Ruark, left, en route to the basket in Touchet's 56-35 win Friday night.

TOUCHET - A contest pitting a pair of teams with 4-9 Southeast 1B District records became a one-sided affair by the end of the first quarter here Friday night.

The hometown Indians shot 47 percent in the opening period, led 18-6 after eight minutes, and cruised to their fourth straight boys basketball triumph - a 56-35 senior night romp over Pomeroy.

"We're starting to get it together," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "The kids know that we can play. We're playing with a lot of confidence. We're taking good shots and running the floor."

Friday's game was the last home encounter for Touchet seniors Jake Hodnefield, Matt Kates and Joey Weber.

Regular-season play was scheduled to end for both teams on Saturday night. Touchet was on the road at Tekoa-Oakesdale and Pomeroy hosted St. John-Endicott.

Vicente Flores and Eric Hines scored five points apiece in quarter one to help the Indians build their 12-point advantage. Hodnefield added four points in the period.

Flores put up six more points in the second quarter and Hodnefield added four.

Touchet held an 18-point lead at halftime, 30-12.

Pomeroy managed just three field goals in the first half on 21 shots and turned the ball over nine times.

"You've got to take care of the ball (and) put the ball in the hole," Pomeroy coach Brian Koller said. "They definitely wanted it more than we did."

The Indians added to their lead in the third quarter and ended the frame with a 24-point gap, 44-20. Hodnefield and Flores had a handful of points each in the stanza.

Pomeroy won the fourth quarter, 15-12, behind three points apiece by Tanner Feider, Brendan Lueck, Cody LaMunyan, Mack Wolf, and Mitch Ruchert.

"I got the feeling we didn't play to win. We played not to lose," Koller said. "Hopefully we can shake it off and bounce back."

Pomeroy's Justin Ruark had 19 points in the first meeting of the year between the two teams. He was limited to three on Friday.

"We took them out of their game," McKeown said. "Our ball movement was good for the most part.

"I'm happy for the kids," McKeown said. "We're peaking at the right time."

POMEROY (35) - Feider 1-2 0-0 3, Beale 1-4 3-4 6, Bott 0-0 0-0 0, FitzGerald 0-3 2-3 2, Lueck 1-3 1-2 3, LaMunyan 2-6 1-1 5, Koller 0-2 0-0 0, Wolf 2-7 1-1 6, Ruchert 2-11 3-3 7, Ruark 1-6 1-1 3. Totals 10-44 12-15 35.

TOUCHET (56) - Hodnefield 7-16 0-0 15, Hines 3-6 1-3 7, Preciado 0-1 0-0 0, Kates 5-17 0-0 11, Flores 6-10 3-6 16, Ortiz 0-1 0-0 0, Weber 1-2 1-2 3, Huesby 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 23-54 7-13 56.

Pomeroy 6 6 8 15 - 35

Touchet 18 12 14 12 - 56

3-point goals - Pomeroy 3-22 (Feider 1-1, Beale 1-4, Wolf 1-5, Ruark 0-1, Lueck 0-2, LaMunyan 0-2, FitzGerald 0-3, Ruchert 0-4), Touchet 3-14 (Kates 1-3, Flores 1-4, Hodnefield 1-5, Hines 0-1, Preciado 0-1). Total fouls-Pomeroy 16, Touchet 14. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Pomeroy 34 (Ruchert 5), Touchet 40 (Kates 7). Turnovers-Pomeroy 17, Touchet 9.

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