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By Andrew Christiansen
The Sentinel 

New look Timberwolves broaden their attack

 

Jeff King

GOLDENDALE VARSITY BOYS: The 2013-14 Timberwolves are (front row l-r): Ivan Howtopat, Briley Cameron, J.C. Cline, Brian Golding, Jerry Stalcup, Kenner Milliren. Back row (l-r): Dillon Shattuck, Daniel Bischoff, Bryce Myra, Kevin Gilk, Ben Cochran, Head Coach Lance Den Boer.

Last year's Timberwolf team was in a rebuilding mode, lacking senior experience and more importantly, lacking a scoring punch which forced first year coach Lance Den Boer to say the team focus was defense. A very different team takes the court this year with four seniors and scoring potential from all over the court.

"We're more guard oriented this year," says Den Boer. Two keys to that guard play are the return of Kenner Milliren and newcomer, freshman Ivan Howtopat. Milliren is a senior who was going to figure prominently into the Goldendale scoring attack last year, but didn't get the opportunity after suffering a season ending injury in December. Milliren looks totally recovered and has returned to deliver the kind of inside-outside threat that is key to the offense. Milliren handles the ball well out front and can either be the playmaker guard or knock down three point shots from anywhere around the arc. He creates a lot of opportunities with his ability to take the ball to the hoop where he can shoot or dish.

Howtopat is the only freshman on the varsity. His confidence with the ball will increase with experience, but he already knows how to shoot. He has been lights out on three-point shots when given time to shoot.

Den Boer often goes with a third guard, Briley Cameron, in his guard oriented offense. Cameron, another senior, is more of a swing player whose main role was defense last year. He is becoming more comfortable shooting the ball, and likes to take the ball into the top of the key for shots.

The other big change in this year's Timberwolf team that is generating offense is the addition of Dillon Shattuck, who is the first true power forward that Goldendale has had in some time. Shattuck has the size and strength to play inside when Den Boer goes with his small line-up and he is a good outside shot on the left side of the offense.

The fifth man in the starting line-up is post player, Ben Cochran. Cochran is a wide body inside who is more of a rebounder and defensive specialist. He can provides supplemental offense and has even been known to drop in a three-pointer, once in a while.

The bench gives Den Boer a lot of options. He has 6-5 Bryce Myra, another senior who has a good touch on his shots around the hoop, when the desire is to go with a bigger look. He also has 6-4 Kevin Gilk who is much improved over last year and is a tough defender and shot blocker.

One of the first players off the bench has been Daniel Bischoff, an eager sophomore who has some size as a swing player who can inject some offense from the arc in. Another sophomore who sees a lot of playing time is J.C. Cline a real grinder for the Wolves. Cline does a lot of the dirty work on the baseline, scrapping for balls and stealing rebounds. He is a tough defender in the Timberwolf scheme.

Rounding out the line-up are Jerry Stalcup and Brian Golding. Stalcup is a guard who is very good with the ball. He plays more of a defensive role, but can shoot. Golding plays on the wing, giving the team depth inside and out.

Last year's team had a heavy reliance on one player. It was no secret that they were just trying to make do and win on defense. This year's team is still gelling with several new players in the line-up. But, once they get comfortable with the system and each other, this year's Wolves have the diverse talents on offense and defense that make them a team that can't be overlooked in the SCAC west.

Last year the Timberwolves were just 2-12 in league play. Opening this season 1-1, time will tell how far they will go, but expect them to challenge for top four by season end.

 

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