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Medical Lake still works to conquer learning curve


Ready or not the games now begin to count.

That’s the challenge the Medical Lake boy’s basketball team face moving forward beginning this week.

After a 1-4 preseason that also included a home game this past Wednesday against Colville of the Great Northern League, the Cardinals tackle some of the current top of the Northeast A League heap this week.

Medical Lake opened this past Tuesday versus preseason favorite Riverside (4-1) and then Kettle Falls (4-1) Friday at 5:45 p.m. They come off a week earning a split, winning 56-34 at Royal City last Tuesday before falling 64-47 to Brewster of the Caribou Trail League Saturday.

Against Brewster, the Cardinals fell behind early, 17-7 after a period, and never recovered.

“What’s been tough for us is we’re been starting out not very good, digging a hole,” head coach Arnold Brown said. “That’s the one thing we’ve got to fix is how we start the game, our short-term goal is trying to win quarters.”

Tellas Johnson led all scorers in the game with 21 points with Jordan Rohweder pitching in nine.

The Bears were beasts, especially in the paint where a pair of players collected double-doubles. Easton Driessen led his team with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Josh Hammons had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Hunter Bach 11 points and 12 boards.

One good thing is with young guys when it clicks in it clicks in, Brown said.

Another fixable thing is the Cardinals patience level, which is hurting on both ends of the court. “I think we shoot too fast.”

“I just think if we get a little more patient it will help our “D,” Brown said.

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