Smarting from a bad outing against Jerome last weekend, the Wood River High School boys' basketball team took its frustrations out in Buhl Tuesday, handing the Buhl High School Indians only their third loss of the season in a 44-36 Wolverine victory.
The non-conference win boosted Wood River's season record to 7-10. Saturday's 58-35 conference loss to Jerome dropped the Wolverines to 1-4 in league play.
Wood River junior center Erik Jacobson led the Wolverine onslaught against the 13-3 Buhl Indians with 14 points. Senior wing Cory Rutkowski also scored in double digits with 11, and senior guard David Siberian was only one away with nine.
Also contributing to the victory were senior guard Danny Siberian with six points and senior forward David Pinkard and junior wing Matt Staskiewicz with two apiece.
Buhl was led by Will Chivers with 11.
Wolverine coach John Radford was feeling good about the victory on Wednesday.
"They're a good team," he said of the Indians. "But we played well. We got the ball inside and were blocking out with more veracity."
After leading the game 21-14 at halftime, the Wolverine's faltered in the third quarter to give the Indians a 27-25 edge going into the final frame. But the fourth quarter belonged to Wood River, as the Wolverines outscored the Indians 19-9 to secure the victory.
Radford said the win gives his team increased confidence going into a Friday home game against the 16-1 4A top-ranked Burley Bobcats. Game time is 7:30 p.m., with junior varsity action starting at 6 p.m.