Pullman used A.J. Therrien’s 19-point, 13-rebound double-double to overcome a dreadful opening quarter Tuesday night and went on to hand visiting Medical Lake a 40-27 setback in the Great Northern League opener for both schools.
The Greyhounds (4-3) scored only two points in the first period and trailed 16-11 at intermission before settling into an offensive rhythm in the second half. Therrien made 5 of 15 basket tries, converted all eight of his free-throw attempts and pulled down six offensive rebounds in leading Pullman’s second-half comeback.
Medical Lake (3-4) got a team-high 14 points from Ray Erwin, but lost the rebounding battle by a lopsided 35-21 margin.
Cusick 60, Columbia (Hunters) 44: Louie Bluff scored 15 points to lead a balanced Cusick scoring attack and the visiting Panthers (8-0, 5-0) went to rout the Lions (0-6, 0-4) and maintain sole possession of first place in the league standings. Riley Bauer finished with 11 points for the winners, while Spencer Shanholtzer and Dustin Villegas each added 10.
Wellpinit 92, Northport 41: Kennedy Seyler scored a game-high 22 points and teammate Cody Flett added 19 as the Redskins (5-1, 3-0) kept their league record unblemished by rolling the Mustangs (1-5, 1-2), who got 14 points from Marseilles DeAugero.
Dakota Ford finished with 16 points for the winners, while Drake Wynne added 13 and Billey Flett chipped in 10.
Curlew 51, Inchelium 47: Senior Jordan Wakefield scored six of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Cougars (6-3, 2-4) hold off the Hornets (2-5, 1-3), who were paced offensively by Chad Rosenbaum’s 15 points.
Curlew’s Ethan Mannick scored 13 points before fouling out with just two minutes left in the game. Inchelium was hindered by a technical foul it received in the third quarter when one of its players checked in with an improper uniform.
Kettle Falls 60, Republic 46: Shelby Hite scored 24 points and teammate Kirt Douse posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double as the host Bulldogs (2-6) turned back the Tigers (1-6), who got 20 points from Jesse Beck and 12 from Tyler Haswell.
Chewelah 82, Springdale 36: Dallas Garner made 9 of 11 attempts from beyond the 3-point line and finished with a game-high 31 points as the Cougars (8-2) raced past the visiting Chargers (4-4). Logan Sulgrove finished with 10 points for the winners, while Same Howard paced Springdale with nine points.
Garfield-Palouse 63, Potlatch 47: The visiting Vikings (7-1) used the 28-point scoring effort of Tyson Palmer and a 42-31 rebounding advantage to turn back the Loggers. Michael Jacobs scored 10 points as the only other Gar-Pal player in double figures.
Upper Columbia Academy 66, St. Michael’s 49: Lions-Manuel Alcala tossed in a game-high 21 points to lead the Lions past the visiting Warriors (0-4).
Post Falls 89, Pasco 87: Shawn Reid dribbled the length of the court in the final 4.3 seconds of the game and scored the winning basket on a layup as the visiting Trojans (11-3) squeezed past the Bulldogs. Pasco’s Gabe Villafan hit a 3-pointer – his only points of the game – to tie it at 87 and set the stage for Reed’s heroics.
Marcus Colbert paced Post Falls offensively with 21 points, while, Malcolm Colbert added 20. Reid finished with 17.
Kootenai at Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy: Postponed because of poor weather. No makeup date announced.
Freeman 64, Lake Roosevelt 59: Chris Miller scored 19 points and Taylor Void added 15 as the visiting Scotties (8-0) turned back the Raiders (1-4).
Medical Lake 46, Colville 30: Junior Alfred Monge battled back from a 9-8 deficit and won his 125-pound match with a third-period pin to fuel the Cardinals to an easy Great Northern League win over the visiting Indians.
Deer Park 67, Pullman 4: Defending state champion Cody Miller bumped up a weight class and recorded a pin in his 171-pound match to fuel the Stags’ romp past the visiting Greyhounds. Deer Park also benefited from Jason Jorgensen victory at 135 pounds, which was his first league win of the year.