By John McCallum

Blackhawks hang on for 55-52 league win over scrappy Deer Park

Defensive lapses led to 64-50 road loss at sixth-ranked Pullman


John McCallum

Eric Igbinoba applies defensive pressure on Deer Park’s Caleb Guske (2).

Clutch shooting and aggressive defense and rebounding led the Cheney High boys’ basketball team to a tight, 55-52 come from behind win over visiting Deer Park in the Blackhawks Great Northern League opener last Thursday. Forty-eight hours later however, Cheney gave up too many easy buckets inside in a 64-50 loss to preseason league title favorite Pullman on the road.

Thursday the Blackhawks matched the Stags (0-2, 4-6) scrappiness with scrappiness. Cheney fell behind by 21-13 midway through the second quarter, but used offensive rebounding to gain second chances at points, pulling within...

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