Touchet boys beat Gar-Pal Saturday

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GARFIELD-PALOUSE - Touchet picked up a close win in Southeast 2B boys basketball action Saturday night.

The Indians topped Garfield-Palouse 38-36, cemented by two free throws off Matt Kates with four seconds to play.

Gar-Pal had a 17-15 lead at the half.

"We wanted to stay within striking distance," said Touchet coach Tim McKeown. "I told the kids, we always play a strong second half, so let's win that."

The Indians had a 15-10 third quarter to grab the lead, but Gar-Pal hung on and tied the game with a few seconds to play.

That was when J.B. Lang fouled Kates.

"I thought that was a crazy foul," McKeown said. "All they had to do was go down and play defense and send it into overtime."

But it was fortuitous for the Indians, who scored all eight of their fourth-quarter points from the line.

Jake Hodnefield led the Indians with 15 points and Eric Hines posted 10.

Race Martin had 13 for Gar-Pal.

The Indians are 4-8 in league and 6-11 overall. They host Pomeroy Friday.

Touchet 38, Gar-Pal 36

TOUCHET (38) - Hodnefield 5 4-4 15, Hines 4 2-3 10, Preciado 0 0-0 0, Kates 2 5-6 9, Weber 1 0-0 2, Huesby 1 0-0 2, Totals 13 11-13 38.

GAR-PAL (36) - Slocum 1 2-2 4, Griffin 1 0-0 3, Gage Redman 0 0-0 0, Chad Redman 0 1-2 1, JB Lang 1 0-1 2, Allen Wilson 0 0-0 0, Race Martin 3 7-11 13, Wyatt Mitchell 1 0-1 2, Nathan Cocking 3 5-6 11, Totals 10 15-23 36.

Tou 8 7 15 8 - 38

Gar-Pal 11 6 10 9 - 36

3-point goals - Tou 1 (Hodnefield), Gar-Pal 1 (Griffin). Total fouls - Tou 17, Gar-Pal 13. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Tou 26 (Hodnefield 9), Gar-Pal 28 (Martin9), Turnovers - Tou 16, Gar-Pal 14. Assists - Tou 5 (Hodenfield 3), Gar-Pal 2 (Slocum 2).

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