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By Jaryd Cline
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Goldendale boys bounce back with win at Highland

 

December 19, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Austin McKune takes a jumper during Monday's game. He scored a season-best nine points on Monday against Stevenson.

The Stevenson Bulldogs, in a nonconference matchup in Goldendale, runned and gunned their way to a 100-75 win on Monday after hitting 17 3-pointers while eight different players connected at least once from beyond the arc.

The Wolves got back on track during Tuesday's road SCAC West contest in Highland, downing the Scotties 49-28 with a strong defensive effort that limited the home team to just 14 first-half points.

Napoloeon Owen and Nick Lee led the way offensively for the Wolves, scoring 13 and 12 points respectively.

On Monday, Goldendale's offense, despite scoring a season-high 75 points, couldn't keep up with the aggressive Bulldogs, who seemingly took the ball strong to the basket or kicked out for a 3-pointer on every possession.

Goldendale picked up the pace in the fourth though, scoring 31 of its 75 points over the final eight minutes and found its range from beyond the arc. With the game out of reach at 76-44 heading into the fourth, Goldendale started to hit its shots at a high percentage. The Wolves off the quarter with a triple from Curtis Kayser off a nice feed from Austin McKune, and Cameron Mains knocked down a triple and Nick Lee had three of his four 3-pointers over the final eight minutes to help chip away at the insurmountable lead, but the Bulldogs kept firing away.

The Bulldogs hit five triples in the fourth, with the last one putting then right at 100 points. They shot a blistering 75 percent on two-pointers, hit nearly half of their shots from 3-point range, and knocked down seven of eight free throws. Senior Isaac Hoidal led all scorers with 29 points, scoring from both inside the paint and from beyond the arc.

A trio of Timberwolves led the Wolves in scoring, all scoring 15 or more points with great efficiency. Lee led the way with 18 points and hit four of six shots from three, Napoleon Owen scored 16 with some nice moves in the low post, and Mains missed just one shot all game and finished with 15.

Goldendale 17 8 19 31 - 75

Stevenson 28 20 28 24 - 100

Goldendale scoring: Nick Lee 18, Napoleon Owen 16, Cameron Mains 15, Austin McKune 9, Curtis Kayser 8, Lane Siebert 4, Hayden Lorton 2, Andrew Ihrig 2, Skylar Lowe 1.

Cle Elum

On Saturday at home, the shorthanded Wolves had trouble finding the basket, falling 44-34 in a game where they shot just 1 of 13 from 3-point range and committed twice as many turnovers as the Warriors.

Up two at the break, Goldendale scored just four points in the third quarter as the Warriors took and kept the lead for the conference win.

Goldendale 9 11 4 10 - 34

Cle Elum 9 9 16 10 - 44

Goldendale scoring: Lee 10, Lorton 9, McKune 8, Siebert 3, Mains 2, Dylan Layfield 2.

Goldendale rebounding: Lee 9, Mains 7, Siebert 4, Ihrig 4, McKune 3, Lorton 3, Lowe 2.

Goldendale assists: Siebert 2, Ihrig 2, Mains 1, Lee 1.

Granger

It took a quarter for them to get going, but when they did, the Spartans started knocking down shots in a hurry during last Friday's SCAC West opener in Goldendale.

A one point Granger lead to start the second (12-11) turned into a 19 point lead at half, and then a 36 point advantage for the Spartans entering the fourth quarter.

Goldendale 11 10 14 17 - 52

Granger 12 28 31 14 - 85

Goldendale scoring: Ihrig 15, Lorton 11, Mains 8, Lee 8, Siebert 6, Layfield 2, Lowe 1, McKune 1.

Goldendale rebounding: Lee 11, McKune 6, Mains 5, Siebert 5, Ihrig 5, Lowe 4, Lorton 3.

Goldendale assists: Siebert 4, Lee 2, McKune 1, Layfield 1, Mains 1, Lowe 1.

Up next

After Tuesday's win in Highland, the Wolves have one more game before the New Year.

Goldendale travels east for a nonleague matchup with the Royal Knights of the SCAC East, a team that finished fourth at last year's state tournament.

The Knights, as of Monday, sit at 2-2 overall with losses to Connell and Omak. Last season, Royal topped the Wolves 78-55 in Goldendale.

 

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