Indian boys drop Tekoa-Oakesdale

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TEKOA — The Touchet boys basketball team racked up 49 points during the first half of play against Tekoa-Oakesdale on Tuesday.

It was smooth sailingfrom there, as the Indians cruised to a 77-32 win. With the victory, Touchet guaranteed a No. 5 spot in the district playoffs, where they will travel to face Rosalia on Thursday.

“It was back-and-forth for the first couple minutes, but we slowly took off,” Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. “My big kids inside were rebounding well inside and putting it back. The height made a difference in the game.”

With the Nighthawks’ tallest post standing a modest 6-foot-1, Touchet parlayed its height advantage to a big lead. Carlos Rincon led the way for the Indians, as he scored 15 points. Ruben Butler added 14, Elias Martinez chipped in 12 and Zach Carson came up with 11.

With the big men controlling the glass down low — Touchet held a 39-8 rebound advantage — the Indians scored their 49 first-half points with only one 3-pointer.

Touchet now enters the district playoff as a No. 5 seed. The Indians finished with the same record as Rosalia, but lost a draw for the No. 4 seed. Touchet now travels to face Rosalia in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.

Touchet 77, Tekoa-Oakesdale 32

TOUCHET (77) — Con. McKeown 3 0-1 6, Col. McKeown 2 0-0 6, Solis 0 0-0 0, Goble 0 0-0 0, Butler 7 0-0 14, Martinez 6 0-1 12, E. Rincon 3 0-0 6, Cod. McKeown 1 0-0 3, Carson 4 3-6 11, C. Rincon 7 0-0 15, Schaak 2 0-0 4, Webber 0 0-0 0. Totals 35 3-8 77.

TEKOA-OAKESDALE (32) — Perry 3 0-0 9, Rutledge 0 0-0 0, Dingman 1 0-0 2, Hanson 2 2-2 4, Warwick 0 0-0 0, Angelo 2 7-10 11, Weill 1 0-0 2, Dabolt 2 0-0 4. Totals 11 9-12 32

Touchet 24 25 16 12 — 77

T-O 12 10 7 3 — 32

3-point goals — Tou 4 (Col. McKeown 2, Cod. McKeown, C. Rincon), T-O 3 (Perry 3). Total fouls — Tou 13, T-O 8. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — Tou 39 (C. Rincon 10), T-O 8 (Hanson 2, Dabolt 2). Turnovers — Tou 15, T-O 14. Assists — Tou 15 (Martinez 7), T-O 4 (Angelo 3).

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