Friday, December 18, 2009

Late run guides WRHS boys past ‘Dogs 47-38

Senior Keven Abbott (8.2 ppg) was on fire with a career-best 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 steals Tuesday guiding the Wood River High School boys' varsity basketball team to a come-from-behind 47-38 non-league win at Kimberly.

Wood River, trailing 23-13 at halftime and 35-27 after three quarters, broke the game open with a 20-3 run in the fourth period. Adding scoring punch to the second Wolverine road win was sophomore Stone Sutton (9.4 ppg) with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Coach John Radford said, "We were down 18 points in the third quarter. We never gave up the ghost and just grinded it out—playing good, hard man-to-man defense with pressure on the wings against a team that was taller than we were.

"Kimberly helped us a little (with turnovers), but the momentum changed in our favor. We did make adjustments at halftime and started putting Stone in the middle of the court. It let us attack more and finish in the halfcourt offense."

Sutton's scoring included a 3-pointer, only the second trey in five games for Hailey. Radford said, "Except for Stone's shot, I don't know if we made a shot outside of 10 feet." Declining to take 3-pointers as part of the team's offensive strategy has "made the boys work harder on offense," he said.

Other contributors were Quentin Dowdle 6 points and 6 rebounds, Jordan Doan 2 points and 5 assists, Kevin Jensen 2 and Juan Martinez 2. Kimberly fell to 0-3 then lost at home to Canyon Ridge 56-48 Wednesday.

Wood River (2-3, 1-1 league) finishes its pre-Christmas slate today, Friday with home Great Basin Conference games against Twin Falls. Coach Matt Harr's Bruins (5-1, 0-0) are ranked fourth in the 4A poll and are averaging 67.5 ppg. Their only loss was 71-66 last week at top-ranked Skyview. On Wednesday they finished up a sweep of Pocatello 78-45 at home.

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