Lake Roosevelt escapes with 61-60 win over Brewster on last second shot
COULEE DAM – All Brewster needed to do was hold on to the ball and get fouled.
The Bears held a slim 60-59 lead with 9.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter when the game took a major turn.
After inbounding the ball, Brewster was advancing the ball forward and Trevor McCraigie (Colville Tribal member) of Lake Roosevelt was trying to force a turnover.
He managed to deflect a pass and ended up with a steal.
With less than eight seconds left, McCraigie dribbled the ball towards the 3-point line looking for a shot but was forced to pass the ball off.
He found his teammate and fellow tribal member Cameron St. Pierre who was looking for open space to put up a potential game winning shot.
Instead, St. Pierre saw his teammate and buddy Hunter Whitelaw (Colville tribal descendant) hanging out under the basket and he alley hooped a pass to him.
Whitelaw scored the go-ahead basket, giving the Raiders a one-point lead (61-60) with 1.8 seconds left.
“I saw Trev got the steal, and Cam, he hooped it to me,” said Whitelaw.
Brewster coach Tim Taylor called a timeout to set up a play with just under two seconds left as his squad would be forced to go the length of the court.
Brewster wanted to get the ball into the hands of Joe Taylor who had made three 3-pointers through out the game and had scored 19 points leading up to that moment.
Taylor caught a long pass, and fired up a 3-point shot.
The shot was just wide, and Lake Roosevelt would escape with a 61-60 league win on Tuesday evening in Coulee Dam.
“This means a lot to our seniors and our program,” said Jeremy Crollard, head coach for Lake Roosevelt. “Brewster is an amazing team, and our kids have worked so hard to finally be in a game like this and to finally come out on top, it means everything.”
“Finally!” said Trevor McCraigie (Colville Tribal member) of Lake Roosevelt
The Raiders took an early 22-14 lead after the first quarter
Colville tribal member Soarin Marchand made a 3-point shot just before halftime to give the Raiders a five-point edge heading into halftime (33-28).Marchand would finish with nine points, all of his points coming from downtown.
Brewster took the lead at the end of the third quarter to go up 47-45.
The Raiders found themselves down by four points (60-56) with 35 seconds left when tribal member Cameron St. Pierre made a big 3-point shot, bringing Lake Roosevelt to within one point.
Lake Roosevelt would now be forced to foul Brewster so they could get the ball back with a chance to score.
“I know Joe is a good shooter, it just didn’t fall for us,” said Ernie Nanamkin (Colville tribal member) of Brewster. “It’s alright, I’m ready to move on to track.”
Sam Wapato (Colville tribal member) led the way for the Raiders, scoring 15 points, and McCraigie added 13. St. Pierre finished with nine points
The Raiders move to 13-3 in CWA 2B action and are 16-4 overall. They Finished third in the CWA 2B and will move on to the District 5/6 2B Boys Basketball Tournament where they will play Liberty Christian in their first game on Friday (Feb. 8) at Hanford High School with tip off at 6 PM.