Hailey boys show
But need to play four
quarter proved to be the undoing for the Wood River High School boys’ varsity
basketball team in its two season-opening games last week.
out-rebounded the host Wolverines 17-5 and outscored Wood River 23-8 in the
fourth quarter Thursday, as the Pilots broke open a close game and breezed
Wood River point guard, shoots over Zach Simons of Glenns Ferry during Thursday’s
Hailey home debut. Express photo by David N. Seelig
Wood River led for 29 minutes in its upset bid at Jerome. But the 4A Tigers
out-pointed the 3A Wolverines 16-1 in the fourth period and went on to win
Jeff Larson said, "We played two very good quarters against Glenns Ferry.
And we played a very good basketball game for three-and-a-half quarters at
"We need to
get comfortable in the fourth quarter, play our game and finish. We tightened up
and didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had in our games last
Jason Hofman was
the star of Thursday’s home opener. He scored 17 points with 9 rebounds and 4
blocked shots. Hofman had back-to-back slam dunks in the third when Wood River
went on a 11-2 run and rallied for a 37-32 lead.
had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists; Jorge Giribet-Canto 8 points and 2
steals; Riley Neff 6 points and 3 boards; Tory Haavik 6 points, 2 steals and 2
assists; and Paul Tinker and Luis Ruiz 2 steals apiece.
did very well in the middle quarters, out-rebounding the Pilots 20-8. But Wood
River couldn’t stop Pilots stud Zach Simons, who tallied 9 of his game-high 22
points in the fourth period.
River’s 6-7 junior post, was a non-factor with early foul troubles at Jerome.
But point guard Giribet-Canto had a good game with 17 points including two of
Wood River’s five 3-pointers.
Regalado added 10
points, Haavik 5, Max Dieffenbach 4, Brian Ward 3 and Tinker 2.
"The kids were nervous against Glenns Ferry, but we settled down against
Jerome. Our biggest problem at Jerome was no inside game."
But the coach is
encouraged. He said this year’s team is light years ahead of last year’s
squad, outscored on the average by 24 points a game.
positive points are intensity and attitude," said Larson.
junior varsity offered more positive signs with an all-around team effort in a
58-41 home win over Glenns Ferry Thursday night.