Lake Roosevelt brings home sixth place at this year’s WIAA 2B Hardwood Classic; fourth time ever placing at state tournament
SPOKANE - For the first time in eight years, the Lake Roosevelt boys basketball team returned home from the WIAA Hardwood Classic State B Basketball tournament with hardware; that’s not such an easy task.
In order to bring home a state trophy, teams must reach the final day of the tournament. For the Raiders, that meant four grueling days of work.
But – “We made it to Saturday,” said Colville tribal member Sam Wapato of Lake Roosevelt – that was a success.
“It’s crazy,” said Jerald “Sonny” Boyd, one of two seniors on the Lake Roosevelt team. “We’ve came a long ways. It’s been a fun season. We worked really hard to be here. I had a lot fun with this team. I’m glad that we placed at state.”
The Raiders finished with 21 wins and 8 losses on the year - and with hardware.
Playing in the early 8AM game, the Raiders struggled to find their rhythm and to make shots. As a result, they lost to Toledo, who entered the tournament ranked second only to Kittitas, 52-25 on Saturday morning in the 4th / 6th place game.
Nonetheless, this Lake Roosevelt boys basketball team accomplished something not many Raider teams have: For just the fourth time in the the school’s history, the boys team placed at the state tournament.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” said Jeremy Crollard, head coach for Lake Roosevelt. “To send our seniors out like that, it’s great. To overcome some of the things we’ve had to overcome, I’m very proud of the boys.”
“I’m very excited about that,” said Lake Roosevelt senior Trevor McCraigie.
“This doesn’t happen often,” said Billy Nicholson, assistant coach for Lake Roosevelt.
In the first quarter, both teams came out a bit sluggish, but Toledo would hold a 18-9 lead after the opening quarter.
The Raiders defense buckled down a bit in the second as they held Toledo to seven points in the quarter but couldn’t get anything going offensively as they trailed 25-12 at halftime.
It was another defensive grind in the third quarter as Toledo outscored Lake Roosevelt 9-7 in the quarter to hold a 34-19 lead. The Raiders couldn’t get any shots to fall their way in the fourth as they were outscored by Toledo (18-6).
“They’re a really good team, well-coached,” said Crollard.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th final
#8 Lake Roosevelt | 9 | 3 | 7 | 6 | 25
#2 Toledo | 18 | 7 | 9 | 18 | 52
It was a grueling four-day tournament for the Raiders.
- Wed. Feb 27 - #9 Liberty (Spangle) Won 41-37
- Thurs. Feb 28 - #7 Life Christian Lost 44-64
- Fri. March 1 - #5 Toutle Lake Won 56-48
- Sat. March 2 - #2 Toledo Lost 25-52
Lake Roosevelt first had to beat Liberty (Spangle) on Wednesday afternoon, just to stay alive at the Spokane Arena, and they did that, squeaking out a 41-37 win. Then they played a physical Life Christian team and lost 64-44 in the quarterfinals. Less than a day later, the Raiders would knock out Toutle Lake 56-48 in a win-or-go-home game and would wrap up the four day tournament with a sixth place trophy bright and early on Saturday morning.
“The more games they get in the Arena, the better it will get,” said Crollard.
Lake Roosevelt holds off Liberty 41-37
SPOKANE - In his first ever state tournament game, Sam Wapato scored a game-high 16 points and Trevor McCraigie added 11 for the Raiders who held off Liberty (Spangle) for a 41-37 win on Wednesday afternoon in the WIAA 2B Boys State Tournament at the Spokane Arena.
“You knew it was going to be a battle with them,” said Jerey Crollard. “There a very big, physical team. In the second half we did a much better job of blocking out and getting our bodies in front of them. We did enough to squeak it out.”
Lake Roosevelt with the win assured themselves two more games in the state tournament as Life Christian Academy would be their next opponent in the quarterfinals.
After a 13-13 tie after the first quarter, the Raiders went into halftime up 25-22. Lake Roosevelt carried the three point into the fourth (33-30) and would hold off the Lancers for the four-point win.
Adam George scored six points and Cameron St. Pierre, Hunter Whitelaw, Gerald “Sonny” Boyd and Soarin’ Marching all finished with two points.
Lake Roosevelt shot 43.6 percent from the field, going 17-for-39. Liberty shot 32.7 percent, making 16-of-49 shots. The Raiders had 16 turnovers, the Lancers had 12.
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#9 Liberty(Spangle) | 13 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 37
#8 Lake Roosevelt | 13 | 12 | 8 | 8 | 41
Cold shooting plagues Lake Roosevelt in 64-44 loss to L.C.A.
SPOKANE - Colville tribal member Trevor McCraigie of Lake Roosevelt went into black mamba mode, making three 3-pointers in a row midway through the third quarter, as he helped cut the lead to 20 points (49-29).
The quick 9-0 run wasn’t enough as the Raiders lost to Life Christian 64-44 in the quarterfinals of 2B Boys Hardwood Classic at the Spokane Arena on Thursday afternoon.
Life Christian jumped out to 12-0 lead with 5:32 still left in the first quarter when the Raiders would slowly start to chip away at the lead.
Within two minutes, Lake Roosevelt cut the lead in half at 14-7 with 3:36 left in the first and would trail by five points (17-12) heading into the second.
The second quarter killed the Raiders, who were only able to muster five points in the quarter compared to Life Christian’s 20. The Eagles would go into halftime with a 37-17 lead at intermission.
Life Christian didn’t let off as they kept up the pressure in the third quarter, knowing what this Raider team was capable of. The Eagles outscored LR in the third 20-12) to take a commanding 57-29 lead after the third quarter.
“We just got outplayed,” said Crowlard.
Lake Roosevelt won the fourth quarter as they outscored the Eagles 15-7 in the quarter, and ended the game strong.
Life Christian shot 45.5 percent from the field going 25-of-55. The Raiders shot 28.3 percent going 17-of-60. The Eagles went 10-for-14 from the free throw line, LR went 3-for-7. Lake Roosevelt was out rebounded 47-33 by the Eagles.
McCraigie finished with 16 points, Jonathan Cante added eight and Cameron St. Pierre chipped in five points, other Raider scorers included, Sam Wapato (4), Soarin’ Marchand (3), CJ Saxson (3), Sonny Boyd (2), Kyle Edmo (2) and Hunter Whitelaw (1).
The loss would knock Lake Roosevelt to the consolation bracket where they would play the Toutle Lake Ducks in a loser out / winner advance format.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th final
#8 Lake Roosevelt | 12 | 5 | 12 | 15 | 44
#7 Life Christian | 17 | 20 | 20 | 7 | 64
Lake Roosevelt knocks out Toutle Lake 56-48
SPOKANE - Win, and play another game and stay another day, or lose, and get on the bus and turn in your uniforms.
Colville tribal member Trevor McCraigie of Lake Roosevelt didn’t want to turn in his uniform just yet.
McCraigie scored 20 points, Hunter Whitelaw added 14 points as the duo helped lead the Raiders to a 56-48 win over Toutle Lake in a winner advance / loser out game on Friday morning of the 2B Boys Hardwood Classic at the Spokane Arena.
The Raiders got off to a 15-9 lead after the first quarter but would see the Ducks quack back in the game, as Toutle Lake trailed at halftime 24-23.
Lake Roosevelt came out with intensity in the third quarter and outscored the Ducks 14-10 in the quarter to take a 38-33 lead into the fourth and from there.
Toutle Lake shot 34.0 percent from the field, going 16-of-47 from the field, while the Raiders had one of their best shooting games, going 17-of-35 for 48.6 percent.
Toutle Lake out rebound the Raiders (31-27) and had fewer turnovers on the day, committing 10, compared to Lake Roosevelt’s 16.
Adam George finished with nine points, Sam Wapato had seven and Sonny Boyd, Cameron St. Pierre, and Tyler Jordan each had two points apiece.
Lake Roosevelt would go on to play the Toledo Indians in the 4th / 6th place game on Saturday morning, with tip off at 8AM.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th final
#5 Toutle Lake | 9 | 14 | 10 | 15 | 48
#8 Lake Roosevelt | 15| 9 | 14 | 18 | 56