Friday, December 14, 2012

Wolverines battle back and beat Gooding 35-30

“Stall Ball” is effective down the stretch

Wood River senior guard Jose Hernandez drivesthe baseline against Community School defenders Ken Cheng (center) and Reed Roudabush during Wednesday’s game in Hailey. Photo by Roland Lane

Rarely does the Wood River boys’ varsity basketball team pull over the .500 mark at this point in December, but that’s what coach Andy Miles’ Wolverines did Wednesday night.

Wood River (3-2, 0-0 league) shot over 60% from the field and put 11 players into the scoring column in its 48-15 non-conference home win over the 1A Community School Cutthroats on the Hailey floor.

It was a solid send-off for the Wolverines as they open their Great Basin Conference season today, Friday at Burley (2-3), a 56-51 winner over Filer (5-1) Wednesday night at Filer.

The 4A Wolverines moved the ball very well and piled up 14 assists to go with 14 steals and a 16-11 rebounding edge. The Cutthroats (1-5) were out-manned playing without point guard Gunner Gibson (collarbone contusion, out 2 weeks).

Setting the offense in motion with penetration and slick dish-off passes in the program’s first-ever home win over the Cutthroats was Wood River’s backcourt of freshman Alec Nordsieck (8 points, 5 steals, 4 assists) and sophomore Connor Hayes (4 points, 5 assists).

Wood River had a little more offensive power in the frontcourt. Scoring all his 6 points in the second quarter was 6-4 junior forward Eron Bates (4 rebounds, 2 assists), then 6-7 junior Max Mauldin (8 points) tallied 6 points in the third.

For the game, Wood River didn’t attempt a free throw. The Cutthroats were 5-for-9.

Other Wolverines were Jose Hernandez (4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block), Cody Carter (4 points, 1 block), Kevin Hernandez (4 points, 2 boards), Finn Isaacson (4 points, 1 block), Jonathon Scott (2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), Skylar Davie (2 points, 1 steal), Kole Mauldin (2 points, 1 steal, 1 assist) and Edwin Garcia (2 boards).

Junior Taylor Adler (7 points, 2 rebounds) topped coach Mike Payne’s Cutthroats.

Other contributors were Colton Sholtis (2 points, 2 boards, 2 steals), Doug DuFur (2-for-2 free throws, 2 steals), Bobby Corker (2 points), Nick Krekow (3 rebounds) and Ken Cheng (3 steals). Leading the defense was junior Reed Roudabush, who had a season-best 10 points in his team’s 64-37 loss to Jackpot (Nev.) Friday.


Busy week for Cutthroats

Tuesday, the visiting Twin Falls Christian Academy Warriors (3-3) shot well from the field and rode the hot hand of Hunter Brown (20 points, four 3-pointers) in beating the Cutthroats 53-31 in Sun Valley. The Warriors led 26-12 at half.

Cutthroat contributors were Adler (10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals), DuFur (9 points, 6 boards), Corker (3 points, 5 rebounds), Roudabush (3 points) and 2 points each by Sholtis, Cheng and Ben Swift.

The Cutthroat boys host Riverstone International of Boise today, Friday at 6:30 p.m.





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