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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Timberwolves trending in different directions

Boys drop 4 of last 5, still alive in SCAC playoff hunt

 

Jaryd Cline

RIVING THE LANE: Senior Edgar Vega handles the rock during Saturday's loss to Naches.

Entering Saturday's South Central Athletic Conference game against the Naches Rangers with a district playoff spot up for grabs, the Timberwolves felt a spot in the postseason for the first time since the 2011-12 season slip through their grasp after the Rangers rallied in the fourth quarter for a crushing 46-43 win over the home team.

However, despite Saturday's loss, there still is a chance for Goldendale to finish tied with the Rangers for the fourth and final spot in the district playoffs.

The Timberwolves conclude their SCAC slate of games against the Granger Spartans on Friday in Goldendale, while the Rangers matched up with the Cle Elum Warriors Tuesday night, but results were unavailable at press time.

Sitting at 5-6 in SCAC play, the Rangers would need to lose Tuesday's game while the Timberwolves, at 4-7 in league play, would need a win against the Spartans on Friday night to finish deadlocked for the final district spot.

In the first matchup between the Rangers and the Warriors, Naches came out on top 55-36 in Cle Elum, and the Wolves, in their first game at Granger dropped a 65-38 contest on the road to the Spartans on Jan. 13.

If the teams were to finish in a tie at 5-7 in SCAC play, it would force a one-game playoff at a neutral site with the winner advancing to districts.

Rangers sweep WolvesNow leading 44-43 with the ball and 50.4 seconds, Naches missed the front end of a 1-1 giving Goldendale the ball with 32 seconds. Senior Jess Beierle misfired with 12 seconds left but junior Alex Mains was there to scoop up the offensive board, and Goldendale called timeout.

However, there would be no chance at a go-ahead basket after the Wolves turned it over out of the timeout with 3.2 seconds left, and the Rangers held on.

Timberwolves 9 12 16 9 - 43

Rangers 8 14 3 19 - 46

Timberwolves: Beierle 15, Mains 9, Gunkel 8, Vega 6, Hiebert 3, Bostick 2.

Wolves top Cougs

Mains may have thrown a few pics when the Lyle-Wishram football team beat the Timberwolves on Sept. 16, but on Monday was able to power through the Cougar defense in Goldendale's 54-40 win.

In the teams' first meeting on Jan. 24, the Rangers held Goldendale to 33 percent shooting and a 15-percent mark from beyond the arc and held off a late Goldendale charge, but during Saturday's rematch, it was Naches stat staged a furious comeback.

Trailing 37-25 heading into the fourth quarter, the Rangers outscored Goldendale 19-8 over the game's final minutes to seize the win for the regular season sweep of the Timberwolves.

In a physical and chippy final period, Naches took the lead for the first time since halftime with 50 seconds left after Lincoln Turner knocked down three of four free throws after he got fouled and after Goldendale was hit with a technical foul.

Goldendale led 43-41 before the T, but Naches got four free throws (hitting three) and the ball back after the common and technical foul.

 

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