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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Timberwolves crush Mabton in Stelljes' first game


December 6, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale senior Jacob Bischoff attacks the basket during Saturday's game against Mabton.

New Goldendale boys basketball coach David Stelljes admitted he still gets a little nervous before each of the Timberwolves contests.

But those worries were short lived on Saturday night as Goldendale's play against the Vikings erased Stelljes' first-game jitters.

The Timberwolves took advantage of a shorthanded Mabton squad, crushing the Vikings 81-46 behind strong offensive and defensive efforts.

For 32 minutes, Goldendale played upbeat, energetic basketball, using its full court press on defense to turn steals into easy scoring opportunities, while playing unselfishly on offense.

"It's a fantastic step in the right direction for hustle and everyone had positive attitude and no quit on them whatsoever," Stelljes said.

The Timberwolves made Mabton work to get the ball past halfcourt at times after a made basket, and forced the Vikings into 13 turnovers. Goldendale also was active in the passing lanes all night and collected 15 steals while turning those extra possessions into 25 points off turnovers.

Senior Conner Doubravsky scored on Goldendale's opening possession of the game and the Timberwolves never trailed for the rest of the way.

Mabton scored four straight points to tie it at eight early on, but the Timberwolves finished the first quarter on an 8-0 run with Doubravsky scoring the last four points of the quarter down low.

Goldendale continued the pressure in the second, and used its aggression offensively to get to the free throw line 13 times in the quarter, hitting seven of them.

Things didn't slow down in the third or fourth quarters, as Goldendale continued tipping passes and forcing turnovers.

The press worked well against the Vikings, but Stelljes knows the team needs to keep working at it in order to run it against some of the stronger teams in the league.

"We still have a long way to go to clean it up," Stelljes said. "But having the press on, everyone's engaged, everyone's running hard, everyone's working and keeps up the intensity. I was really impressed with that."

The Timberwolves continued to move the ball around and score, finishing with 21 assists on 30 made shots, 24 of those made buckets coming inside the paint. They also outrebounded Mabton 44-31.

Ten of the 11 Timberwolves recorded at least one assist Saturday, with Senior Justin Wells handing out a game-best six.

Late in the fourth quarter after the Timberwolves called a full time out, Mabton coach Kerry Griffin continued talking with his team even after the clock struck zero and the refs had told him to get his players on the court. Another 10 seconds or so ensued and the Vikings had yet to take the court, so the official started the game again and handed the ball to Goldendale's inbounder.

With no Vikings on the court, Goldendale made a few passes up the court and into Dylan Denning's hands, who flipped it up and in for his first field goal of the season.

Griffin screamed and yelled that he had never seen officials do that before, but he must have forgotten that full timeouts are one minute, not two.

Goldendale 16 21 24 20 - 81

Mabton 8 12 15 10 - 46

Goldendale scoring: Jacob Bischoff 20, William Finn 10, Alex Mains 10, Conner Doubravsky 10, Curtis Kayser 7, Cameron Mains 7, Lane Siebert 6, Justin Wells 5, Dylan Denning 3, Corbin Bland 2.

Up next

John Longfellow

Sophomore Corbin Bland takes a shot in the post over the outstretched arms of a Mabton defender during the season opener on Saturday.

The Timberwolves were on the road for another nonconference contest against Stevenson on Tuesday, but results were unavailable at press time.

Last year, the Bulldogs knocked off the Timberwolves 70-51, but 10 of the 12 players on last year's varsity team were seniors.

Goldendale then is on the road against the River View Panthers on Friday before hosting the Royal Knights on Saturday.

The Timberwolves then open league play next Tuesday with the Highland Scotties coming to town.


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