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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale boys drop third straight after opening win over Mabton


December 13, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Senior Alex Mains takes the ball through the defense to the basket during Saturday's loss to Royal.

Goldendale boys head coach David Stelljes wanted to see how his boys responded after their season opening win against Mabton on Dec. 2. They were coming off an 81-46 win over the shorthanded Vikings who were without a few starters for the game.

He was especially nervous to see how the team played against the Stevenson Bulldogs during last Tuesday’s 86-57 loss.

The Bulldogs won handily against the Timberwolves at home last year, using a very physical, quick, and intense style of play, but graduated 10 of the 12 players from last year’s team. That was Stevenson’s plan again this year, putting up points in a hurry last Tuesday while also limiting the Wolves offensively in the 29 point loss.

Stevenson doubled up Goldendale’s score over the first eight minutes and led 20-10 entering the second quarter before the Wolves started to get into an offensive groove. Goldendale picked it up with 22 points over the second, but the Bulldogs again were strong offensively, putting up 24 points and taking a 44-32 lead into the break.

Stevenson cruised throughout the second half for their second straight win over the Timberwolves.

The troubles continued for Goldendale on Friday against South Central Athletic Conference East side rival River View, who held the Wolves to just 27 points.

After an up and down first quarter, the Panthers did some major damage over the second and third quarters to take control of the game. They outscored Goldendale 44-15 in the second and third and had a stout effort in the fourth holding Goldendale scoreless.

Senior Alex Mains provided the spark offensively for Goldendale with 14 points, but no other Timberwolf scored more than three points.

The Panthers are a team expected to finish within the top four among the SCAC East schools, and sit 5-0 so far this season with wins over La Salle, Highland, and Naches.

On Saturday tipped off against the Royal Knights, who were coming off a state football championship just one week earlier. Eight of the nine Royal players played in the 33-27 championship win over Meridian on Dec. 2 in the Tacoma Dome.

Royal got rolling right away though, jumping ahead 9-2 before Goldendale called time. Just like that though Goldendale bounced back after a triple from sophomore Cameron Mains, a coast-to-coast layin from senior Jacob Bischoff, and a layin and free throw from Alex Mains made it 11-10 Royal.

But that was as close at the Timberwolves came to getting the lead on a night where the Knights stayed hot offensively and kept Goldendale on edge defensively.

Sophomore Corbin Bland again cut the deficit to one point at 15-14 early in the second, but a couple of quick baskets from Royal extended the lead again.

The Knights were tough all over the court, making Goldendale work offensively against their pressure defense and also with their work on the offensive glass.

With Goldendale down nine at 28-19, the Knights struck for three straight 3-pointers that blew the game open, making it 37-19 just moments later.

The Wolves trailed by as many as 28 in the fourth, but sophomore Curtis Kayser and senior Dylan Denning combined for eight points over the final minutes to narrow the deficit.

Up Next

The Timberwolves played their first SCAC league game against Highland at home on Tuesday, but results were unavailable at press time.

They are away in Cle Elum on Friday before returning home Saturday for a matchup with the La Salle Lightning.


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