Touchet boys down Patriots

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TOUCHET — The Touchet boys basketball team’s defense held Liberty Christian to only 17 points through three quarters, as the Indians downed the Patriots, 45-30, in Southeast 1B League play on Tuesday.

Touchet’s offense managed only 14 points over the second and third quarters, however, which allowed Liberty Christian to hang around.

But the Indians came alive in the final frame with Carlos Rincon leading the way with a trio of 3-pointers, which helped him to a game-high 15 points.

“He hit the buckets right at the right time I felt,” Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. “We had some really good ball movement. I kept telling the kids be a little more patient and make that extra pass. We did and he got open in the corner. I felt he was a big spark in the fourth quarter.”

The Indians (8-3 overall, 5-2 in Southeast 1B play) also held a major advantage on the glass, as Touchet outrebounded Liberty Christian, 40-16.

Three different Touchet players — Elias Martinez, Zach Carson and Rincon — each hauled in nine rebounds apiece.

Martinez also had the task of slowing down the Patriots’ No. 1 scorer Isaiah Ojeda, who finished with only 11 points on the strength of three 3-pointers.

“He was guarding the top guy (Ojeda) and I think going into this he was scoring around 20 points a game and Elias did a really good job of shutting him down,” McKeown said.

The Indians also forced 16 Liberty Christian turnovers, with Colter McKeown coming up with five steals. He also dished out a game-high six assists and finished with eight points.

Touchet hosts Rosalia at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Touchet 45, Liberty Christian 30

TOUCHET (45) — Con. McKeown 1 0-0 2, Col. McKeown 2 2-3 8, Butler 1 0-0 2, Martinez 4 0-0 8, E. Rincon 1 0-0 2, Carson 4 0-0 8, C. Rincon 6 0-2 15. Totals 19 2-5 45.

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN (30) — Ojeda 3 2-3 11, Godwin 2 0-0 5, Lesser 1 0-0 2, Sullivan 0 0-0 0, Mote 1 0-0 3, Heimenn 2 0-0 4, Kelly 2 0-0 5, Chambers 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 2-3 30.

Touchet 14 8 6 17 — 45

LC 5 7 5 13 — 30

3-point goals — Tou 5 (C. Rincon 3), LC 6 (Ojeda 3). Total fouls — Tou 12, LC 8. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — Tou 40 (Martinez 9, Carson 9, C. Rincon 9), LC 16 (Heimen 4). Turnovers — Tou 7, LC 16. Assists — Tou 13 (Col. McKeown 6), LC 6 (Godwin 3).

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