Cusick fends off late fourth quarter rally by Wellpinit for 73-66 win at District 7 tournament

DEER PARK – Steven Ford of Wellpinit caught fire late in the game and couldn’t miss from 3-point land.

He sank five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on his way to scoring 15 points, Brendan Andrew (Colville tribal member) added 15 points for Wellpinit, but Cusick was too much down the stretch grinding out a 73-66 win on Wednesday evening in the District 7 1B Boys basketball tournament at Deer Park High School.

“It sucks to lose this way,” said Jake Green, head coach for Wellpinit. “That’s basketball it happens.”

Ethan Hardie of Cusick went off for 36 points; Colton Seymour (Colville tribal descendant) added 17 points for the Panthers who advance on play Selkirk on Friday.

Wellpinit falls to Cusick for the third time and sees their season come to an end.

“I’m proud of where they’ve come from,” said Green whose sadden to see his three seniors move on. (Andrew, Dominic Abrahamson, Gabe Salinas-Kieffer).

“For those three seniors, they did the groundwork for what’s coming,” said Green.

Cusick held a slim 13-12 lead after the opening quarter and took a 33-21 lead into halftime.

The Panthers lead ballooned to 55-36 after the end of the third quarter when Wellpinit started to make their comeback.

Cusick held a 60-37 lead with 6:25 left in the fourth quarter and it appeared that Wellpinit had nothing left in the gas tank.

The Redskins roared back and with 2:24 left, Cusick’s lead had shrunk down from 23 points to 11 (66-55).

“We finally started to make shots,” said Green.

After a successful 3-point shot by Ford and an Andrew layin, Wellpinit trailed by six points (66-60) with 1:06 left in the fourth.

“We were down by like 22 points late in the fourth and we just never gave up,” said Andrew.

Seeing that his team was in trouble and their big lead slowly withering, Rob Seymour (Colville tribal member) head coach for Cusick called a timeout to try and settle his squad down.

It must have worked because the Panthers would go on to exchange buckets down the stretch and grind out a seven-point win (73-66).

“It really breaks my heart for how hard they all worked,” said Green. ‘This is where I’m from. These are my people.”

“I came from the same place as them, it makes me proud to be able to coach these guys.”

William Dick finished with four points, Dominic Abrahamson finished with three points on the night, both tribal members.

“It’s been great wearing this Redskin uniform,” said Abrahamson.

Wellpinit finished with an overall record of 10-12 and went 8-6 in NE 1B North action.

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