Baldwin scores 16 for Cougs against Chargers, Larson notches 16 against NWC…
After trailing at halftime, Chewelah outscored Springdale 33-22 through the remainder of Wednesday night’s high octane encounter as the homestanding Cougars defeated the visiting Chargers 62-52 in a matchup of Stevens County rivals. Springdale led 30-29 at the end of the first half and 39-38 with three minutes remaining in the third period, but Chewelah exploded into a nine-point run to take a 47-39 lead and held on for the win. The Chargers were able to close the scoring gap to 51-49 midway through the final period, but the Cougars drained some crucial shots down the final stretch to notch the win.
The game was allegro in tempo from start to finish with both teams sprinting the floor for fast-break layups and running their half-court offenses in high gear to get good looks at the hoop. A total of 15 three-pointers dropped through the net.
Springdale’s Cory Hubert was the night’s top gun with 22 points, including five shots from beyond the arc. Jaron Baldwin scored 16 points to lead the Cougars, with John Larson contributing 14 points to the Chewelah victory. Braden Parker was also in double-digits for the Chargers with 14 points.
The lead changed hands nine times in the first half with three-point shots making the big difference in the flip-flops. Chewelah held the lead through the first five minutes on baskets from Jake George, Nolan Hansen, Nick Franks, John Larson and Baldwin. Springdale countered with four three-pointers from Hubert, Parker and Avery Kitt to go ahead 17-13. A free throw from Baldwin and a layup by Hansen left Springdale with a slim 17-16 lead at the end of the period.
In the second period, the lead continued to switch from one side of the scoreboard to the other. A three-pointer and a layup by Brad Larson gave Chewelah a 23-22 lead, and a put-back from Franks put the Cougars on top again at 25-23. Springdale’s Parker knotted the score at 25-each with a jumper and a three-point play, plus a pair of free throws by Dustin Cates to put the Chargers back into the lead 30-25. Baldwin hit a driving jumper and Franks turned a steal into a layup to close the gap to a one-point spread at 30-29 at halftime.
The score stayed close through the first four minutes of the third period. A three-pointer by Baldwin gave Chewelah a 32-30 lead, and a fast-break bucket from Carl Oman along with two free throws from George increased the Cougar advantage to 36-32. Springdale replied with a long jumper from Cates and a three-pointer by Hubert to return the lead to Springdale 39-38.
Baldwin’s driving layup and put-back triggered a nine-point run for the Cougars that again put the Chargers at a deficit. A layup by Oman off a pass from Baldwin and a three-pointer by John Larson put Chewelah ahead 47-39 with 1:01 remaining in the third period. The Cougars led 49-45 despite three-pointers from Kalinik Martushoff and Hubert before the buzzer.
Springdale wasted no time in chipping away at Chewelah’s lead. While Cougar attempts were being rejected by the rim, the Chargers got a rebound basket from Martushoff and another shot from behind the arc from Hubert to make it a two-point game at 51-49. With 4:46 left on the scoreclock, it was still anyone’s ball game. However, the Cougars dominated the last four minutes, outscoring Springdale 11-3. John Larson led Chewelah’s charge with a three-pointer, a layup and a pair of free throws. Baldwin and Franks each added a layup and then the Cougars let the shot clock blink down to almost zero before taking a shot during the last 2:14 to put the win on ice 62-52, but not until Hubert canned one more trey.
The victory evened Chewelah’s season record at 6-6. Springdale fell to 4-7.
John Larson drained five three-pointers and scored 16 points on Friday night at Northwest Christian, but a 10-point Crusader run midway through the opening period put the Cougars into a deficit that they were unable to erase in a 70-52 loss. Chewelah battled the Crusaders to an 11-11 tie in the first four minutes of the game, but Northwest Christian scored the next 10 points to take a 21-11 lead and the Cougars were unable to recover. They trailed 41-20 at halftime before playing the second-ranked Crusaders an even second half.
The score was knotted three times early in the first period. Three-pointers from John Larson and Baldwin tied the score at six-apiece, an inside jumper from George made it 8-all, and a three-point play off a layup by Carl Oman made it 11-11. Northwest Christian then put 10 unanswered points on the scoreboard from two three-pointers, a put-back and a pair of free throws to go ahead 21-11. Oman’s free throw ended the string, but the Crusaders led 32-12 at the end of the period.
The Cougars scored only seven points in the second period, allowing Northwest Christian to widen the scoring gap to 41-20 at halftime. A three-point shot by Baldwin, an old school three-point play from Franks, and a driving layup by Franks provided Chewelah’s only points. All other Cougar shots refused to drop through the net, even though they had several second and third shot opportunities.
Chewelah outscored the Crusaders in the second half as the Cougars canned seven shots from behind the arc. John Larson hit four of his five threes after the break, while Franks hit two treys and Brad Larson drained one. The Cougars outscored the Crusaders 16-13 in the third period with Oman and Franks adding baskets to Larson’s four threes. Still, Chewelah was on the short end of a 54-36 score.
The Cougars matched the Crusaders basket for basket in the fourth period with the two three-pointers from Franks and the long three by Brad Larson providing most of the points. A tip-in by George, a jump-shot from Oman, and free throws by Hansen, Baldwin, and John Larson added points to the Chewelah side of the scoreboard, but Northwest Christian posted the 70-52 league win.
The loss was Chewelah’s second in league play within the northern division. The Cougars went into this week with a 6-7 season record, 0-2 in league play. They host St. George’s here on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then travel to Wilbur-Creston on Saturday. They return to play Davenport here on the following Friday.
Wednesday, Jan. 2
Chewelah 62, Springdale 52
Chargers 17 13 14 8 = 52
Cougars 16 13 20 13 = 62
Cougar scoring: Jaron Baldwin 16, John Larson 14, Nick Franks 9, Jake George 8, Carl Oman 6, Brad Larson 5, Nolan Hansen 4.
Charger scoring: Cory Hubert 22, Braden Parker 14, Dustin Cates 9, Kalinik Martushoff 4, Avery Kitt 3.
Friday, Jan 4
Northwest Christian 70, Chewelah 52
Cougars 13 7 16 16 = 52
Crusaders 23 18 13 16 = 70
Cougar scoring: John Larson 16, Nick Franks 12, Carl Oman 9, Jaron Baldwin 7, Jake George 4, Brad Larson 3, Nolan Hansen 1