Warriors hit speed bump in Lincoln
LINCOLN — If the Warriors thought getting back to the divisional tournament was going to be easy, they got a wake-up call in Lincoln Saturday.
One night after the Warriors cruised to their 11th win in 11 tries, the Lynx hit two free throws in the final seconds to hand Arlee a 50-48 defeat, their first loss of the season.
“They’re just hard to beat over there ... They came to play. They were out to win. Our kids played hard, too; they just didn’t play well,” Arlee coach Clyde Tucker said.
Limited on what they could do on offense because of Lincoln’s small court, the Warriors were out of sync on offense and didn’t look like the team that ran away with a 75-44 victory against the Lynx in Arlee in December.
During their 11-game win streak to start the season, the Warriors have been tested very few times, but the times they have, they’ve responded – pulling out victories over Hot Springs and Seeley-Swan in the fourth quarter.
Saturday, it looked like the Warriors were going to pull out another game in the fourth quarter, when Trae Burland hit two 3-pointers to tie the game at 48, but the Warriors fouled Lynx Jesse Erickson away from the basket with 11 seconds left to play. Erickson hit both of his free throws to end the Warrior threat.
Losing a game on a non-shooting foul near midcourt is frustrating, but it should’ve never come to that.
“We just should’ve never been in that situation,” Tucker said.
The two 3s by Burland, who led the Warriors with 16 points for the second straight night, were two of only four the Warriors hit the entire game. The usually-precise Warriors were only 4-for-17 behind the 3-point arc.
“We need to stop shooting those and be a little bit more patient on offense,” Tucker said.
A loss here or there, especially a nonconference loss, doesn’t hurt too much, Tucker said, and the loss against Lincoln had a silver lining, with the emergence of Burland as another weapon on an already loaded team.
“It looks like we found another player. Trae played really well. He had 16 points on back-to-back nights, he’s playing good defense and he’s going to the boards. He’s just another player to make us better,” Tucker said.
Burland was the only Warrior to finish in double figures in scoring. Kody Morigeau finished with seven and in foul trouble early, Kyle Felsman only had six points. Jesse Pfau also had six points.
Against St. Regis Friday, the Warriors jumped out to a 22-4 first-quarter lead and cruised to a 58-15 conference victory. Ten Warriors scored in the 43-point laugher.
Arlee 58, St. Regis 15
St. Regis 4 5 5 1–15
Arlee 22 14 13 9–58
ST. REGIS - Josh Slavin 2, James Jennings 5, Thomas Spencer 5, Zane Worrall 1, Shad Hotchkiss 2.
ARLEE - Kasey Bridgewater 5, Kyle Felsman 4, Thomas McClure 5, Jesse Pfau 6, Dakota Dejarlais 6, Junior Sansavere 2, Trae Burland 16, John Sansavere 9, Beau Couture 4, Trevor Rubel 1.
Lincoln 50, Arlee 48
Arlee 12 14 9 13–48
Lincoln 11 13 10 16–50
ARLEE - Kyle Felsman 6, Jesse Pfau 6, Trae Burland 16, John Sansavere 2, Kody Moreigeau 7, Junior Sansavere 2, Thomas McClure 4, Kasey Bridgewater 5.
LINCOLN - Lane Fleming 9, Zack Hagen 8, Zane Tams 4, Jesse Erickson 14, Lee Fleming 7, Harley Schau 4, Jasper Eschelman 4.