Indian boys roll past visiting Grizzlies, 69-31

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TOUCHET — The Touchet boys basketball team had two players finish in double figures as the Indians rolled, 69-31, against visiting Helix on Tuesday.

Ruben Butler led all scorers, as he finished with 28 points including three 3-pointers. Colter McKeown also added 10 for Touchet (5-3, 3-2).

“Ruben was the one that had the hot hand and we just kept feeding him,” Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. “We’re starting to come within our own and he’s been the active one. He’s been in the right place at the right time. For a big guy, he runs the floor really well and a lot of times he’s the first one down the floor and he’s the first one my guys see, so he gets the ball.”

Elias Martinez did a little bit of everything for the Indians, as he finished with a game-high 12 rebounds and five assists to go with his two points.

Perhaps more importantly, Martinez was tasked with slowing down Helix’s top offensive option, Derek Clark.

Clark hit three 3-pointers early on, until McKeown decided to switch Martinez onto Clark. From there, Clark did not connect on another shot for the remainder of the game.

“Elias is a kid I can rely on,” McKeown said. “I can put him on a scorer and he does a heck of a job defensively — shuts him right down (and) puts a lot of pressure on him.”

The Indians jumped out to a 23-12 first quarter lead and never looked back from there. Touchet extended its lead with its perimeter defense, as Helix never scored more than nine points in a quarter after the first frame.

Touchet returns to action with a home game against Bickelton on Friday before hosting Tekoa-Oakesdale on Saturday.

Touchet 69, Helix 31

TOUCHET (69) — Con. McKeown 2 0-0 4, Velasquez 0 0-0 0, Col. McKeown 4 0-0 10, Goble 1 0-0 2, Butler 13 2-3 28, Martinez 1 0-2 2, E. Rincon 3 0-0 9, Cod. McKeown 1 0-0 3, Carson 2 0-2 4, C. Rincon 3 0-0 7, Schaak 0 0-0 0, Weber 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 2-6 69.

Helix (31) — Bennett 3 2-4 8, Clark 3 0-0 9, Rochelle 0 0-0 0, Thompson 2 1-4 5, Wood 0 0-0 0, Hack 0 1-2 1, Papineau 0 0-0 0, Cope 0 0-0 0, Bushman 3 2-2 8. Totals 11 4-12 31.

Tou 23 12 23 11 — 69

Hel 12 9 4 6 — 31

3-point goals — Tou 7 (E. Rincon 3), Hel 3 (Clark). Total fouls — Tou 11, Hel 12. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — Tou 36 (Martinez 12), Hel 22 (Thompson 5). Turnovers — Tou 12, Hel 12. Assists — Tou 19 (Martinez 5), Hel 3 (Bennett 3).

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