Cusick boys handily defeat Selkirk

Cusick's River Edmiston attempts to block Selkirk's Ryan Seaney during their game at Cusick Tuesday, June 1. Cusick won 70-21.(Miner photo|Don Gronning)
CUSICK - The Cusick Panthers boys’ basketball team got a 70-21 win over their county rival the Selkirk Rangers at home Tuesday, June 1.

Cusick started the game with a series of successful 3-point shots.

"We like to shoot threes," Cusick coach Rob Seymour says. Colton Seymour hit five 3-pointers, a big part of his game high of 25 points.

Rob Seymour says he suspected Cusick would get the win, as Selkirk lost many of their experienced players to graduation.

"I knew they were in a rebuilding year," he says.

Selkirk coach Kelly Cain says he was happy with his team's play despite the loss.

"Overall I was happy with our guys' effort. I thought we battled hard and worked through the entirety of the contest," Cain says. "We are inexperienced and learning a lot this season. Games like this are good teachers in regards to showing us where we need improvement."

Cain says Cusick is talented and plays well as a team.

"They are aggressive in the passing lanes, run a good fast break and have a number of good shooters/scorers," he says. "They jumped on us right from the start and set the tone early."

Cusick was up 24-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The Panthers played aggressive defense, too.

"We run a man to man and trap when we can," Seymour says. He says they match up from the start and press a lot.

It worked Tuesday, as Selkirk couldn't score more than eight in any one quarter, the third, when they played a 12-8 period.

In addition to Seymour's 25, Celias Holmes had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Cusick. Lewis Cullooyah also scored 11 for Cusick.

For the Rangers, Silas Petrich was the top scorer, with 10 points, followed by Logan Link, who scored five.

The teams will wind up their seasons with a rematch at Selkirk Thursday, June 17.