Post Falls may apply to become a Greater Spokane League auxiliary member – its early-season schedule has consisted of nothing but GSL teams, with good results.
Drake Thompson drilled a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game with roughly 18 seconds to go and Post Falls hung on and beat host Lewis and Clark 58-56 in a nonleague boys basketball game on Friday night.
“Any time you get a road win in the GSL, it’s a good feeling,” Post Falls coach Mike McLean said.
The Tigers’ Naje Smith missed a short jumper with 4 seconds left before picking up an uncontested basket at the horn.
Thompson scored seven points, but his basket was the biggest of the game.
“I thought that was a very good job of our players trusting themselves,” McLean said. “Our first two options – they jumped the first option, the second option wasn’t there – our kid penetrated and kicked it out (to Thompson). It’s something we work on all the time as far as breaking the defense down.
“It’s a good win for us to come in here on the road. (Lewis and Clark is) very well coached, very disciplined, and they can present some unique challenges with some of their players.”
David Bougard paced Post Falls (2-1) with 17 points, while Tanner McCliment-Call had 14 points – 10 in the third quarter when he carried the Trojans.
“Tanner’s a very good shooter,” McLean said. “He was able to get open and I thought his teammates did a great job of trusting him and making the extra pass and Tanner did his job.”
Smith led Lewis and Clark (5-3) with 20 points and eight rebounds, and Griffin Effenberger added 14. The Tigers – playing on consecutive nights after knocking off Central Valley on the road on Thursday – started slowly and never really recovered.
“We never really got in rhythm,” Lewis and Clark coach Jim Redmon said. “(Post Falls is) a really good-shooting team and they do a nice job off drive and kick and we didn’t adjust very well to that and got behind a little bit.
“It’s tough when you come from behind.”
It’s the second week in a row LC has played three games in a week.
Maybe the snow and cold had an effect on both teams as play was ragged early and with poor shooting on both sides. Jake Pfennigs’ layup at the end of the first quarter gave Post Falls a 10-8 lead at the break.
Pfennigs – the Trojans’ three-sport star – finished with six points and 13 rebounds.
The teams traded baskets through the second quarter. Smith picked up a nice gliding layup and a short jumper and the teams were tied at 18.
But Bougard found his stroke, draining back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Trojans led 24-20 at the break. Bougard had 10 points in the stanza.
Smith hit a floater midway through the third quarter to give the Tigers their first lead of the game at 32-31. But McCliment-Call took over for the Trojans. His 3-pointer on the next possession gave the Trojans the lead back, and Bougard made one next time down.
McCliment-Call had 10 points in the frame and Post Falls led 39-36 after three.
The Trojans stretched the lead to eight midway through the fourth on a layup by Colby Gennett (six points). The Tigers pressed and started to claw their way back into it. Smith scored one inside after a turnover, and then Tristan Schofield made a pair at the line to make it 53-49.
Pfennigs went in for a layup and was rejected by Smith, but the officials ruled goaltending and the two points put Post Falls back up by six. Smith made another layup, and Effenberger nailed a 3-pointer with just more than 1 minute to play to make the deficit one point.
“His range has just increased from last year to this year,” Redmon said of Effenberger. “He worked really good in the offseason on that stuff. It’s hard to find a guy to take those shots and he was willing to do that.
“You’re great if you hit it and the cow if you don’t.”
That’s when Thompson dialed in from long distance to make it a two-score game and, eventually, out of reach.