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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Senior boys end basketball careers with exciting wins over Granger, Cle Elum

 

February 7, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Senior Conner Doubravsky takes a jump hook over a pair of Cle Elum defenders during Saturday's senior night win over the Warriors. He finished with 14 points as the Wolves finished the season on a two-game winning streak.

The Goldendale boys hoops team closed out the 2017-18 season just how they started it, with an exciting win in front of the home crowd.

The Timberwolves, with strong contributions from the four seniors who played on Saturday, knocked off the Cle Elum Warriors 59-55 to finish the season on a high note. The night before, the Wolves stunned the Granger Spartans 70-65 on the road with four players finishing with double-digit points along with a lights-out shooting performance from sophomore Curtis Kayser.

On Saturday in Goldendale, seniors Alex Mains, Conner Doubravsky, Jacob Bischoff, Justin Wells, and William Finn were honored before their last high school hoops game with their families. However, Mains injured his shoulder shortly before the game, but was able to watch from the bench and fire up his teammates.

Knowing that the district tournament was out of reach heading into the last regular season hoops weekend of the season, head coach David Stelljes and the Wolves played better than they had all season. They scored more points (70) in Friday's win at Granger than any other game this season other than the season opening 81-46 win over Mabton on Dec. 2.

Against the Warriors on Saturday, they clamped down defensively throughout the second half, limiting the visitors to 20 points over the last two quarters as they held on in a thrilling victory that had the fans on their feet throughout the fourth quarter.

And what a fourth quarter it was, complete with five lead changes, clutch 3-pointers from both sides, and big-time plays from the seniors down the stretch to close out their hoops careers on a winning note.

Trailing by four early in the quarter, Bischoff connected on a tough pull-up jumper, sophomore Cameron Mains knocked down a free throw, and Bischoff scored on a layin to give the Wolves a 48-47 lead with 4 minutes, 10 seconds left in the game, forcing a Warriors' timeout.

After the Warriors hit a couple field goals early in the fourth, the Timberwolves defense stepped up, forcing some big turnovers that helped them regain the lead.

After the timeout, Cle Elum junior Adam Rinaldi gave his team back the lead with a 3-pointer (50-48) with 2:40 left, but the lead was short lived. Finn drained a triple of his own on the next possession, putting Goldendale up 51-50, but Warrior senior Evan Pugh answered with another 3-pointer, giving the visitors a 53-51 advantage with just over two minutes to play.

After that, it was the Goldendale seniors who helped regain the lead, and hold on for the win. Bischoff split a pair of free throws on two separate trips to the line, evening the score at 53 with two minutes left, and the Wolves forced a turnover on the ensuing possession.

After running close to 30 seconds off the shot clock, Bischoff made a nice pass to a wide open Doubravsky under the basket, who flipped up and in, putting the Wolves up 55-53 with 1:15 to go.

After another stop, Doubravsky got the ball again near the low block while posting up his man. He turned and faded away, lifting a tough shot over the Granger defender, and watched as it banked off the glass and through the rim, putting Goldendale up by two possessions with 40 seconds remaining as the crowd went crazy.

Cle Elum missed from downtown on their next two possessions, and Finn sealed it with a pair of free throws as Goldendale completed the season sweep over the Warriors.

All four seniors had big contributions, with Bischoff leading all scorers with 18 points, Doubravsky finishing with 14 points and nine boards, Wells scoring eight points on five shots while grabbing four offensive boards, and Finn with seven points including the clutch three late in the fourth.

Junior Lane Siebert also had a strong game, finishing with nine points and nine boards while hitting some layins on tough drives to the basket.

Senior Tyler Anderson had a big night for the Warriors, leading the team with 17 points, many coming after an offensive rebound, which he had nine of on Saturday.

Goldendale 13 16 11 19 - 59

Cle Elum 15 20 8 12 - 55

Goldendale scoring: Bischoff 18, Doubravsky 14, Siebert 9, Wells 8, Finn 7, Bland 2, Cameron Mains 1.

Cle Elum scoring: Tyler Anderson 17, Adam Rinaldi 11, Evan Pugh 10, Dylan Pugh 8, Ripken Braman 7, Eric Merkel 2.

Friday

The Wolves were in Granger Friday night, where they employed a few different zone defenses that helped slow the Spartans down in the 70-65 win.

The Wolves also had four players score 11 or more points, led by a breakout performance from Kayser, who knocked down five 3-pointers, finishing with a game-best 21 points.

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale senior Jacob Bischoff, left, and sophomore Curtis Kayser work to create a turnover during Saturday's win over Cle Elum. Kayser, with 21 points, and Bischoff, with 17 points, helped spark the Wolves to a 70-65 win at Granger on Friday.

Playing in zone defense the whole game, the Wolves held the Spartans to 17 fewer points than in the team's first matchup (82-52) on Jan. 12 in Goldendale. Granger hit on just four of 16 attempts from beyond the arc, while Goldendale shot 63 percent on attempts from inside the 3-point line (15-24) while connecting on 53 percent (10-19) of their 3-pointers.

Bischoff knocked down four 3-pointers en route to 17 points, Doubravsky was efficient inside with 16 points, and Alex Mains knocked down his only attempt from beyond the arc while finishing with 11 points.

Goldendale 11 20 17 22 - 70

Granger 16 12 18 19 - 65

Goldendale scoring: Kayser 21, Bischoff 17, Doubravsky 16, Alex Mains 11, Siebert 3, Bland 2.

Granger scoring: Jake Stewart 12, Andre Castro 10, David Soliz 9, Jose Alvarez 9, Trennen Slade 6, Cade Stewart 6, Joseph Soliz 6, Adrian Soliz 3, Keanu Cantu 2, Cass Herrera 2.

 

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