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By JOHN McCALLUM
Managing Editor 

Blackhawks boys start basketball season 0-2

Cheney falls in Shadle Park, Freeman games

 

Last updated 12/12/2019 at 11:54am



CHENEY – The Frankie Keplinger era has started at Cheney High School boys’ basketball, with the Blackhawks still searching for that first win of the 2019-2020 season.

Cheney came close to securing that in their first two games last week — both on the road — but couldn’t complete the deal. The Blackhawks played a Shadle Park team that advanced in the 3A tournament last year pretty close for three quarters only to fall 55-48 in the season opener Dec. 4.

Against Northeast A League power Freeman two nights later, the Blackhawks couldn’t hold an early lead en route to a 64-53 loss to the Scotties.

The Blackhawks built a 28-24 halftime lead against the Highlanders on Wednesday, a team returning just four players from last year’s squad that went 14-11 and lost in the state regional round of 16 to Ingraham High School. But in the second half, Shadle found its offense, outscoring Cheney 31-20 for the win.

Quinsie Goodloe led the Blackhawks in scoring with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, with Kaiden Custer and Tavin West each adding nine. Cheney was 9 for 20 at the free throw line.

On Friday, Cheney built a 24-14 first-quarter lead, but saw that steadily diminish from there. The Blackhawks led 37-31 at the break, and were outscored 33-16 in the second half by a Scotties team that beat Cheney’s fellow Great Northern League opponent East Valley in the season opener for both schools.

Goodloe again led Cheney in scoring with 11, with Custer adding eight and Peyton McPherson seven.

The Blackhawks (0-2) face a pretty tough schedule over the next week, taking on Idaho’s Post Falls of the 5A Inland Empire League tonight (Dec. 12) before hitting the road again to begin GNL play at Clarkston (3-0) on Friday. The Trojan’s lone win came over Washington 4A Gonzaga Prep while the Bantams have knocked off Hanford, Moscow and Freeman.

John McCallum can be reached at jmc@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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