FRIDAY’S BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Wellpinit cruises to win, Hunters falls in opener

(COLIN HAFFNER/Chewelah Independent)

Wellpinit cruises to win

An opening quarter 25-10 run sling-shotted Wellpinit to a big early lead against their Valley Christian hosts Friday, and they rode that lead to a big win 60-39.

The big first quarter lead grew by half, and Wellpinit hit the cruise control in the second to down the Panthers.

Steven Ford, Jr. had a team high 16 points for Wellpinit (2-0), and Smokey Abrahamson and Aiden Wynne both had nine to top the scoring.

Valley Christian (0-2) got 19 from Adam Bruno to lead all scorers.

Hunters falls to Wilbur-Creston in opener

The Hunters Lions looked to get the season started off right with a win over the visiting Wilbur-Creston Wildcats Friday, but the visitors had a different outcome in mind and went home with a 75-37 victory.

The outcome of the game may have looked one-sided, but Hunters played tough all night long, using just a six-man rotation that played the Wildcats strong most of the game. A 24-11 second quarter proved to be the difference maker in the game for Wilbur-Creston as they used that to propel them to the win in an otherwise fairly close game the rest of the way.

Trey Young was a star for the Lions (0-1) on the night with 18 points. That was paired with a good performance from teammate Owen Nelson, who added 11 in the game.