Sandpoint drops league opener to Moscow 61-54

Print Article

(Photo by DYLAN GREENE) Freshman Rusty Lee looks to find an open teammate Tuesday night against St. Maries at the SHS gym.

MOSCOW — At this point its a given that Sandpoint’s games will come down to the final few possessions and that notion held true Thursday night.

In a back and forth battle that saw each team make a handful of key shots down the stretch, Moscow prevailed beating the Bulldogs 61-54 in a league opener for both teams.

“It was a very competitive game and it could’ve gone either way,” head coach Wade Engelson said.

So, what was the difference? Free throws.

Forced to foul late in the game to stay within striking distance, Sandpoint did everything they could to take down the Bears but Moscow knocked down 12 of their 14 free throws to seal it.

The Bulldogs had a 3 point lead at halftime but Moscow outscored Sandpoint 39-29 in the second half.

Despite losing, Engelson said his team competed every possession and showed a lot of growth.

“Our guys really battled,” he said. “We’re getting better as a team and if we play like this on a consistent basis we’re going to get better and better.”

Ryan Roos led the team with 15 points while Kobe Banks, Christian Niemela and Arie VanDenBerg each scored 9.

Eight Bulldogs scored in the game and Engelson said everyone who stepped on the court had an impact. He specifically pointed out freshman Colin Roos and said he brought a level of energy and effort on both ends of the court that the rest of the team fed off of.

Sandpoint (4-5, 0-1 IEL) heads to West Valley 6 p.m. Saturday.

Sandpoint 13 12 16 13 — 54

Moscow 11 11 19 20 — 61

SANDPOINT — R. Roos 15, Banks 9, Niemela 9, Eldridge 2, VanDenBerg 9, Lee 0, C. Roos 4, Treadaway 0, Lane 2, Casey 4.

MOSCOW —Diego 2, Decker 12, Abendroth 7, Thompson 0, Simpson 6, Colter 0, Postell 13, Buchanan 12, Kitchel 7, Skinner 0.

Print Article

Read More Regional Sports

Lakeland storms past Sandpoint boys

January 18, 2020 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — It wasn’t going to be easy to knock off one of the best 4A teams in the state, but Sandpoint boys basketball gave it all they had. Unfortunately, the Hawks found their rhythm in the secon...


Read More

Wrestling crushed by Lakeland

January 18, 2020 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Sandpoint wrestling Sandpoint was unable to avenge last years blowout loss to Lakeland, falling 59-19. Things didn’t start well for the Bulldogs as they lost the first two matches via p...


Read More

Bulldogs take down Hawks

January 18, 2020 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee SANDPOINT — Experience proved to be key in Sandpoint’s 55-43 win over Lakeland on Friday night as seniors Dawson Driggs and Maddie Morgan combined to score 33 points. “I’m ecstatic for everybody tha...


Read More

Lady Cats fall at Wallace

January 17, 2020 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee WALLACE — A shorthanded Clark Fork girls basketball team dropped its second league game of the season 53-38 to Wallace on Thursday. The Lady Cats (3-7, 1-2 North Star League) only had seven players ...


Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2020 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy