Touchet boys team drops to L-W in overtime

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KAHLOTUS — The Touchet boys basketball team rallied from a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime against LaCrosse-Washtucna on Tuesday.

But the Indians poor free throw shooting caught up to them in the extra period. With the Tigercats holding a three-point lead, Touchet’s Carlos Rincon got fouled on a 3-pointer and went to the line with a chance to tie the game.

After he split the first two free throws to cut the lead to one, Touchet coach Tim McKeown told Rincon to intentionally miss the final free throw in hopes of securing the rebound. But Rincon’s final attempt dropped in and LaCrosse-Washtucna nailed its freebies to secure a 54-52 win.

“They just did a good job on the line,” McKeown said. “They won it on the line. If we made our free throws, we would have had the game in hand.”

LaCrosse-Washtucna finished 20-of-26 from the free throw line, Touchet was only 6-of-14.

Rincon nearly brought the Indians back in regulation single-handedly. He nailed four 3s in the period and finished with 14 of Touchet’s 17 points in the fourth. Rincon finished with a game-high 23 points.

Rincon finished the game 5-of-9 from the perimeter while the rest of the Indians’ lineup finished only 1-of-18 from downtown.

“We put that pressure on and got some key steals, he (Rincon) ended up getting open in the corner and put the first one down,” McKeown said. “He was pretty much the only person that had the hot hand, so the ball was going to the right person.”

The Indians forced 27 LaCrosse-Washtucna turnovers, but could not convert them to points on the other end. McKeown said Touchet’s inability to connect in close made it difficult to establish a tempo throughout the game.

Touchet hosts Colton on Friday before facing Pomeroy Saturday.

Lacrosse-Washtucna 54, Touchet 52 OT

TOUCHET (52) — Con. McKeown 0 1-2 1, Col. McKeown 3 0-1 6, Butler 3 1-4 7, Martinez 5 2-4 13, E. Rincon 0 0-0 0, Carson 1 0-0 2, C. Rincon 8 2-3 23. Totals 20 6-14 52.

L-W (54) — Stamper 4 9-11 17, BeDell 0 4-4 4, Bennett 0 0-0 0, Evans 0 0-0 0, Wigen 1 0-0 2, Roberts 6 4-6 16, B. Rice 1 0-0 3, C. Rice 0 2-3 2, Erickson 4 1-2 10. Totals 16 20-26 54.

Tou 5 11 13 17 6 — 52

L-W 12 12 9 13 8 — 54

3-point goals — Tou 6 (Martinez, C. Rincon 5), L-W 2 (B. Rice, Erickson). Total fouls — Tou 19, L-W 11. Fouled out — Tou (Col. McKeown). Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — Tou 34 (Martinez 8), L-W 34 (Roberts 21). Turnovers — Tou 13, L-W 27. Assists — Tou 16 (Martinez 6), L-W 5 (Stamper 3).

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