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COEUR d’ALENE — Yusuf Mohammed, who recently signed with Tennessee State, had 23 points and six rebounds off the bench for North Idaho College in a 120-48 win over West Coast Prep on the opening day of the Coeur d’Alene Inn-vitational at Rolly Williams Court on Friday.

“Yusuf has been playing really well the last few weeks,” NIC coach Corey Symons said. “He’s been playing aggressive and was able to get out in the passing lanes tonight and had a few breakaway dunks. He’s doing a good job on both ends of the floor, and attacking the basket on offense.”

Symons also commended Ismael Valdez, who drew seven charging fouls in the game.

“He really sparked us defensively,” Symons said. “It was really impressive to see.”

Emmit Taylor III — an Idaho State signee — scored 20 points for NIC (3-0), which hosts Elite Sports Prep tonight at 7:30. Elite Sports beat Wenatchee Valley 81-75 in the early game at NIC.

Roy Bloodsaw scored 15 points off the bench for West Coast Prep.

WEST COAST PREP

Romero Otero 3-12 6-6 12, Michael Gray 0-0 0-0 0, William Luak 0-0 2-2 2, Isaiah Dunn 2-12 3-6 7, Maalik Siegal 1-7 3-3 6, Damani Kelley 0-4 0-0 0, Roy Bloodsaw 6-10 0-0 15, Maureece Wilber 1-3 0-0 3, Lenon Fiddler 0-0 1-3 1, Steven Tsu 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 14-49 15-20 48.

NORTH IDAHO

Emmit Taylor III 7-18 2-2 20, Phillip Malatare 5-7 3-3 13, James Carlson 6-9 5-7 17, Joey Naccarato 4-7 0-0 9, Jaden Dewar 5-7 0-4 10, Tyler Tanner 1-3 0-3 2, Yusuf Mohammed 9-11 5-5 23, Marcus Austin 6-8 0-0 13, Terrence Marigney 2-3 0-0 5, Ismael Valdez 1-2 3-4 6, Jamaari Jones 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 47-77 18-29 118.

Halftime — NIC 55-20. 3-point goals — WCP 5-20 (Otero 0-5, Siegal 1-6, Kelley 0-2, Bloodsaw 3-6, Wilber 1-1), NIC 8-27 (Taylor III 4-12, Carlson 0-2, Naccarato 1-3, Dewar 0-1, Tanner 0-2, Mohammed 0-1, Austin 1-3, Marigney 1-1, Valdez 1-2). Rebounds — WCP 22 (Dunn 8), NIC 49 (Dewar 9). Assists — WCP 2 (Siegal, Bloodsaw 1), NIC 17 (Malatare 6). Team fouls — WCP 30, NIC 21. Fouled out — Otero, Luak, Dunn, Wilber.

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