CHELAN — The first meeting of the season between Chelan and Lake Roosevelt was delayed more than three weeks, but was worth the wait.
Ty Egbert’s two-handed dunk with less than 10 seconds left proved to be the difference in a 47-45 Lake Roosevelt victory.
The former CTL rivals were supposed to meet Dec. 11 at Lake Roosevelt, but that game was postponed due to weather.
Instead they hooked up for the first time Wednesday in the Chelan Holiday Hoops Tournament.
“We came down and (Brandon) Kohler fed Egbert and he was able to spin away from his man and dunk with about 10 seconds left,” Raiders coach Brad Wilson said.
Chelan coach Joe Harris said the close game was no surprise.
“We expect nothing less whenever we’re playing Lake Roosevelt,” Harris said. “It came right down to the wire. They hit a couple of big shots late, and we had a shot at the buzzer to tie.”
The game originally scheduled for Dec. 11 will be made up Jan. 29.
More close ones
The Goats and Raiders weren’t the only ones who went down to the wire. The Brewster and Okanogan boys and girls games and the Tonasket versus Republic girls game were all decided by four or fewer points.
Tonasket used a balanced scoring attack — four players scored eight or more points — to hold off Republic 51-47, while both games between Okanogan and Brewster were decided by one possession.
The Brewster girls avenged an earlier loss to the Bulldogs with a 37-34 victory, while the Bears boys, after losing by 23 points the first time around, came up one point short in a 52-51 loss.
The Okanogan boys led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs were just 5 for 9 from the line in the period, allowing the Bears to creep back in.
For the Brewster girls, Becky Mae Taylor hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to seal the win after some defensive tweaks had allowed the Bears to erase what had been a six-point deficit heading into the final period.
Same start, different finish
The Republic and Manson boys basketball teams both got off to slow starts Wednesday. Manson was able to recover, but Republic was not.
The Trojans scored just three points in the first quarter but came back for a 51-42 win over Wilson Creek in the Waterville Christmas Tournament, while Republic was held to four first-quarter points in a 65-46 loss to Tonasket in the Brewster Christmas Tournament.
The Tigers got 24 points from Colton Ayers as they were able to bounce back a night after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of Brewster.
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