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PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Genesis Prep a winner in Hironaka's debut

| December 4, 2020 1:15 AM

POST FALLS — Eli Gonzales scored 23 points and Nathan Weeks added 21 as Genesis Prep made a winner of head coach Jeff Hironaka in his Jaguars debut, a 66-40 victory over the Clark Fork Wampus Cats in nonleague play at The Courts at Real Life.

Weeks made three 3-pointers for Genesis Prep, which plays host to St. Maries on Saturday.

Cameron Garcia led Clark Fork with 18 points.

Clark Fork 9 8 11 12 — 40

Genesis Prep 12 12 22 20 — 66

CLARK FORK — Garcia 18, Sanroman 6, Reuter 3, Shelton 0, Barnett 10, Wade 0, Mayorga 0, Bopp 0, Howard 3, Miatken 0, Cirriciano 0, Matteson 0.

GENESIS PREP — Weeks 21, Gonzales 23, Schroeder 7, Robert 3, Daniels 4, McLuskie 8.

Sandpoint 59

Timberlake 45

SPIRIT LAKE — Sophomore Ethan Riley hit three of his four 3-pointers in the second half to lead a comeback by the Tigers, but a balanced attack by the visiting Bulldogs was too much in the nonleague game.

“We cut it to 10 a couple of times, and he was kind of our spark plug,” Timberlake coach Mike Menti said. “They had a really good first half, and we had a horrible first half. We changed the tempo (played faster) in the second half.”

Nine players scored for Sandpoint in its season opener, led by Darren Bailey with 11 points and Rusty Lee with 10.

“That’s a good basketball team; they’re going to push some people,” Menti said of the Bulldogs, who led 33-14 at halftime.

Zach Yetter added 13 points for Timberlake (0-2).

After opening vs. two 4A schools, 3A Timberlake plays host to 5A Lewiston on Saturday.

Sandpoint 12 21 8 18 — 59

Timberlake 5 9 15 16 — 45

SANDPOINT — Roos 8, Frank 1, R. Lee 10, Eldridge 8, VanDenBerg 4, Bailey 11, S. Lee 2, Larson 7, Lane 0, Butler 8.

TIMBERLAKE — Olivieri 3, Riley 16, Taylor Menti 8, Paslay 0, Yetter 13, Millsap 5, Higgins 0, Tanner Menti 0, Simpson 0.

St. Maries 74

Bonners Ferry 47

ST. MARIES — Tristan Gentry had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Lumberjacks, who finished 31 of 60 shooting in a season-opening win over the Badgers.

“The kids were real unselfish and made a lot of extra passes in the first half,” St. Maries coach Bryan Chase said. “We did a good job of pushing the tempo and had 26 points off the bench.”

Colby Renner had 16 points for St. Maries, which faces Genesis Prep at The Courts at Real Life in Post Falls on Saturday.

Ridge Williams scored 15 points for Bonners Ferry (1-1).

Bonners Ferry 8 13 14 12 — 47

St. Maries 22 21 15 16 — 74

BONNERS FERRY — Williams 15, Peterson 3, Rice 2, Stockton 5, Hubbard 4, Mai 2, Benzer 2, Bateman 0, Blackmore 14.

ST. MARIES — Sands 4, Wolfe 0, Ross 5, Becktel 8, Gentry 18, Stancil 9, Elliott 2, Gibson 8, Ledbetter 4, Renner 16.

Mullan 64

Post Falls frosh 59

MULLAN — Troy Ostland scored 22 points for the Trojan freshman team, but a 16-point fourth quarter by Luke Trogden — who finished with 29 points — pushed the Tigers to a win in their season opener at the Mullan Pavilion.

“Post Falls outplayed us bad in the third quarter,” said Mullan coach Paul Elston, whose team trailed 47-34 after three quarters before outscoring the Trojans 30-12 in the fourth quarter. “We had to extend our defense and kind of work our way back into it. Post Falls played really hard and did a good job defensively. They’re a good program.”

Dylan Wolfe scored nine points for the Post Falls freshmen.

Riley Trogden scored 18 points for Mullan, which plays at Nezperce on Saturday.

Post Falls frosh 15 12 20 12 — 59

Mullan 13 14 7 30 — 64

POST FALLS FRESHMEN — Curlee 0, Burns 3, Crane 5, Pratt 0, Zeller 0, Anderson 0, Ostland 22, Rutherford 6, Smith 0, Zeigler 6, Khawar 8, Campbell 0, Wolfe 9.

MULLAN — R. Trogden 18, L. Trogden 29, Nelson 8, Layton 4, Lowman 2, S. Pettit 2, Zingler 0, L. Pettit 0, A. Zingler 1, A. Trogden 0, Haning 0.

N.I. Christian 65

Classical Christian 35

HAYDEN — Kessler Johnson scored 19 points for the Royals in a win over Spokane Classical Christian in the Mountain Christian League opener for both at North Idaho Christian.

Levi Grassi had six steals and three assists and Wyley Pilgrim had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists for North Idaho Christian (7-1), which hosts Covenant Christian on Tuesday.

Class. Christ. 8 8 11 8 — 35

N.I. Christian 22 18 15 10 — 65

SPOKANE CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN — Kuntz 6, Sudlow 15, Bouck 4, Lathrop 2, Morrison 2, Kuiper 0, Severn 0, Javorek 0, Timme 6, Piazza 0.

NORTH IDAHO CHRISTIAN — Desrochers 4, Pilgrim 9, McKee 2, O’Brien 4, Alliano 5, Koontz 5, Mitchell 6, Bryan 0, Johnson 19, Grassi 3, Sakae 8.