Lake Roosevelt 70, Tonasket
Game 2. (Loser out)
At Chelan, WA
The Raiders from Grand Coulee
Dam, feeding big Ernie Edwards on the inside, sank eight of their
first nine shots and hit an incredible 62 percent for the game, yet had
trouble putting away the scrappy Tigers from Tonasket.
Actually, it was a six-point flurry in the space of nine seconds at the
end of the first half that gave Lake Roosevelt its victory momentum after
Tonasket had threatened seriously.
Lake Roosevelt went from a shaky 35-31 lead to a 41-31 lead at the half
when (1) Todd Mattson hit two free throws, (2) Marty Mueller
followed with a steal and field goal and (3) Bruce Holbert quickly
added another field goal after a Mueller steal. All this in the span of
Lake Roosevelt carried this momentum into the second half to lead by 51-35
with 4:50 to play in the third quarter.
But Tonasket, led by the hustling play of Butch Rothrock, scrambled
back to within four. With just under two minutes remaining in the game,
Tonasket missed a couple of crucial shots, any one of which would have
sustained their momentum and turned this into a hair-raiser at the end.
Said Lake Roosevelt coach Darrell Boorman of that nine second spurt
at the end of the first half: "That was a big help, six
Tonasket coach Les Wyatt wasn't bitter but... "If is hadn't
been for those six points in nine seconds... He didn't finish, but most
surely was thinking that things might have turned out differently.
Boorman called Tonasket "a good ball club."
That early Raider splurge, in which Edwards hit six straight field goals,
sandwiched between two Craig Loe baskets, gave Lake Roosevelt some
"That was the best job we've done of dumping off" (to Edwards on
the inside). The Raiders, notably Mueller and Loe, set up Edwards with
some fine feeds as he banged in nine field goals in the first half and
totaled 22 points for the game.
Guard Rick Caddy sparked a second-quarter comeback that pulled the
Tigers even on two occasions, 25-all and 29-29. Caddy got a couple of key
baskets during this surge on sheer hustle and finished with 13 points.
Leading scorers for Tonasket were Marty Swager with 19 and Rothrock
Loe, connecting from long range, contributed 17 to the Lake Roosevelt
While Lake Roosevelt was sinking 31 of 50 shots, Tonasket was making
25-of-58 for 43 percent. Tonasket had board control, 32-24.
Of Note: Two-time NAIA All-American Les Wyatt,
who played his high school ball at Ellensburg, has been hired as the head
boys' basketball coach at Hanford.
Wyatt, just 23 years old, coached last season at Tonasket after graduating
from Central Washington University in 1977, where he was a four-year
starter in basketball, averaging 16 points per game. As a 6-5 center, he
helped Ellensburg into the state basketball playoffs in his junior and
senior seasons, the Bulldogs winning the state title in 1972.
At Tonasket, his team went 13-8, knocked off eventual state runner-up
Cashmere and whipped Quincy, another state qualifier, before faltering in
the district playoffs.
Richland school director personnel director Al Vandenberg said Wyatt came
highly recommended to the Falcons, who went 18-7 last year.
"We talked with Dean Nicholson at Central, and he said Les showed
greater promise to be an outstanding coach than anybody he had at Central.
Initially, we were a little concerned that Les was so young, about the
aspect that he is not a seasoned veteran," said Vanderberg. "But
the more people we talked to the less a factor it became."
In addition to his coaching duties, he will teach math and physical
"It'll be a little strange coming back to Ellensburg and coaching
against them," Wyatt said of his old team. "I'm happy to be
coming to Hanford and to a strong basketball community like Richland.
"It's a good opportunity for me. Besides, I feel that you can learn
more as a player than you can as a coach. I feel I learned a lot playing
under Dean Nicholson," Wyatt said. "I like to emphasize defense
and I don't think I could have had a better defensive coach than Dean
"I'll have to wait and see what kind of personnel we have before I'll
know what kind of offense and defense we'll have. I'm pretty
flexible," said Wyatt.
|Tonasket (13-8) - Caddy
13, Hawkins 8, B. Rothrock 17, Swager 19, Daigle 2, Maycumber 5.
|Lake Roosevelt (18-4) - Akers
2, George 10, Loe 17, Edwards 22, Mueller 10, Guenther 4, Holbert 3,
Mattson 2, Barry, Ballod, Selle, Everett.
Skalisky and Bob Stroup