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By Jaryd Cline
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Timberwolves improve in league with win at Highland, sit in fifth place in SCAC


January 17, 2018

John Longfellow

Senior Justin Wells shoots from underneath the basket during Friday's loss to the Spartans. Wells scored eight points each against Granger on Friday and Highland on Saturday.

Playing in its second South Central Athletic Conference contest since returning from the Christmas break, the Timberwolves boys basketball team couldn't put together a full 32 minutes of basketball in Friday's 82-52 loss to the Spartans.

Goldendale bounced back the next day on the road in Cowiche, and improved to 3-9 overall and 2-5 in SCAC West play. As of Tuesday morning, the Timberwolves sit a half-game back of the La Salle Lightning (2-4) for fourth place in the league standings.

After a tough first half that sent Goldendale into the break trailing 42-19, they came out more inspired and fired up, and kept pace with the sharpshooting Spartans.

Senior Jacob Bischoff opened the half with two quick 3-pointers and sophomore Cameron Mains also connected from long range, and senior Justin Wells took a charge and scored six points in the paint as the Wolves outscored the Spartans 23-22 over the eight minutes in the third.

They went flat again in the fourth, committing a few more turnovers than head coach David Stelljes would have liked to see.

Goldendale 8 11 23 10 - 52

Granger 23 19 22 18 - 82

Goldendale scoring: Bischoff 15, Cameron Mains 10, Wells 8, Doubravsky 6, Alex Mains 6, Curtis Kayser 4, Lane Siebert 2, Corbin Bland 1.

Granger scoring: Trevor Smith 15, Keanu Cantu 11, Andre Castro 10, Adrian Soliz 10, Jake Stewart 9, David Soliz 7, Cass Herrera 6, Jose Alvarez 4, Cade Stewart 2, Joseph Soliz 2.


Early in Saturday's game against Highland, the Wolves came out hot, building a double-digit lead in the first quarter while holding the Scotties to just eight points.

"The boys were having lots of fun playing," Stelljes said. "We were smart defensively and were getting good looks offensively."

However, the Timberwolves slid a bit over the second and third quarters, combining for 14 points, and led 36-30 entering the fourth quarter.

"We didn't keep up the intensity and that allowed (Highland) to get back in it," Stelljes said.

Goldendale went with different offensive and defensive looks to start the third, and the team played with the same intensity they started the game with.

Jacob Bischoff drained a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth that gave the team a little more life down the stretch.

"It was good that we were able to weather the storm a bit," Stelljes said.

It was a balanced scoring game all around for the Wolves, with nobody scoring in double figures. Alex Mains and Curtis Kayser each scored nine points in the win, and sophomore Nick Lee connected on a pair of 3-pointers for the first varsity points of his career.

Goldendale combined for 12 assists with eight players recording at least one while the team also outrebounded the Scotties 36-21 including a 17-8 advantage on the offensive glass.

Goldendale 22 10 4 13 - 49

Highland 8 13 9 11 - 41

Goldendale scoring: Kayser 9, Alex Mains 9, Wells 8, Bischoff 5, Nick Lee 6, Doubravsky 5, William Finn 4, Bland 3.

Highland scoring: Lincoln Hakala 14, Jamaal Mitchell 11, Trey Connelly III 5, Emiliano Salmeron 4, Rodrigo Ayala 4, Orlando Diaz 3.

Up next

The Timberwolves matched up with the Lyle-Wishram Cougars for the second time this season on Tuesday night, but results weren't available when the papers had to be sent.

In the last meeting, Goldendale jumped out to a first quarter lead but fell behind by as many as 19 points. They battled back and made it a two-possession game late in the fourth, but the Cougs hung on for a 62-56 win.

It was another of those games where the Timberwolves surged for a few quarters and struggled for the others. Goldendale outscored the Cougs by 15 in the first and fourth quarters combined, but scored just four in the second quarter.

Although they work on it every practice, the Wolves had an extra emphasis on breaking the press early in the week in an effort to take better care of the ball this time around against the Cougs.

"We turned it over so much the last time we played," Stelljes said. "Press them and make them throw bad passes. Just don't let them get out and run."

After playing the Cougars, the Timberwolves have an important game in Friday in Union Gap against La Salle, and return home for Saturday's senior night contest against the league-leading Zillah Leopards.


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