Selkirk pulls away late to beat Inchelium 68-50 at District tournament
DEER PARK – Down by 15 points (45-30) to Selkirk at the start of the fourth quarter, Inchelium started to fight their way back in the game.
The Hornets managed to cut the lead to 55-44 with 2:28 left in the game, but every time Inchelium made a run, Selkirk would counter that run with one of their own.
Brenton Swan (Colville tribal member) in his last game as a Hornet scored 13 points, Robert McKinney added 12 but the Rangers would go on to win 68-50, knocking Inchelium out of the playoffs and ending their season.
“We gave it everything we had,” said Jake Flett (Colville tribal member) of Inchelium. “Coming from the rez, we play a different style of ball, there were a lot of touchy fouls.”
29 fouls were called on Inchelium, (19 in the second half) compared to Selkirk’s 11.
“Calls weren’t going our way,” said Swan.
Both teams got off to a sluggish start, but Inchelium would take a slim 12-11 lead after the first quarter over Selkirk. The lead was short lived, as Selkirk would go into halftime up 25-22.
The Rangers separated themselves in the third quarter as they outscored Inchelium 20-8 in the quarter to take a 45-30 lead heading into the fourth.
After going 3-12 in NE 1B North action and 4-16 overall last year, this year’s squad has made considerable leaps under first year head coach Victor Arredondo
“I feel like we turned around this program a lot, from going from like four wins last year to one of the top teams in our league,” said Flett.
This year’s Hornet’s squad ended 13-10 overall and went 9-6 in NE 1B North action.
One aspect that Swan expressed he will miss the most.
“The team,” he said.