Friday, January 24, 2014

Hailey boys rally, fall 58-57 OT at Jerome

Nordsieck’s 29 leads WRHS boys

    It was a wild finish at Jerome Wednesday during a Great Basin Conference boys’ varsity basketball game be-tween the favored host Tigers and Wood River Wolverines.
    Jerome (7-6, 3-1) eventually won 58-57 in overtime, but the Wolverines (1-11, 0-4) once again showed they play some of their best basketball away from home and could spring an upset at tournament time.
    Trailing 26-17 at halftime and 39-30 after three, Wood River stormed back with a 21-point fourth quarter and earned a 51-51 tie after regula-tion time. The Wolverines led 57-55 with 26 seconds left in overtime before Jerome rallied for a 58-57 victory.
    Sophomore guard Alec Nordsieck (8.2 ppg) scored a career-best 29 points including 13-for-15 from the free throw line for Wood River, a scrappy team that has played and lost three overtime games to date.
    Coach Andy Miles’ Wolver-ines shot a season-best 17-for-24 at the line and 43% from the field including four 3-pointers by Nordsieck. Wood River also committed a season-low seven turnovers and out-rebounded Jerome by a 22-21 margin.
    Hailey assistant coach J.C. Nemecek said, “It was, un-doubtedly, the boys’ best game of the season—low turnovers, a strong defense (especially in the fourth quarter and over-time) and very patient offen-sive play.”
    Behind by nine entering the fourth period, the Wolverines closed the score. They trailed 46-45 with 1:08 remaining, led 47-46 with 48 seconds left in the game and opened that lead to 50-46 with 24 seconds left.
    Jerome led by Treyson Thomas (18 points) charged back to tie the game at 51-51 at the end of regulation. With 1:13 left in the four-minute overtime the score was tied 55-55. Wood River assumed a 57-55 lead with 26 seconds left but Jerome scored the winning point with three seconds left.
    Other contributors were Eron Bates (10 points, 9 re-bounds, 3 assists, 5 steals), Jon Scott (7 points), Arthur Brug-ger (4 points, 2 assists), Parker Bingham (3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Connor Hayes (3 boards, 2 steals), Cody Carter (2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots) and Kevin Hernandez (2 points, 2 rebounds).
    Having lost its last two games by five points, Wood River travels to Canyon Ridge (1-12, 0-4) today, Friday in a Great Basin clash of two teams seeking their first league wins. The Riverhawks fell 74-21 at league leader Twin Falls (10-3, 4-0) in a rout Wednesday.
    Wood River stays on the road at Buhl (12-0) Monday, Jan. 27 and hosts Minico (4-8, 2-2) Wednesday, Jan. 29. Minico lost 51-47 at Burley (10-3, 3-1) on Wednesday night. Burley trav-els to Jerome today, Friday.

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