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By Brendan Relaford
The Sentinel 

Boys lose nail-biter


February 6, 2019

It all came down free throws when the Goldendale boys’ hoopsters met The Dalles Riverhawks in a high-scoring heartbreaker 71-70 loss on Jan. 29.

The interconference tilt got off to a loose start, with turnovers, fouls, over and backs, travels and low percentage shooting. About half way through the first quarter, both teams cleaned up their defense and began scoring on more creative, well executed plays. The Riverhawk’s big man, 6’ 3” center Spencer Taylor, dominated the low post and paint, scoring and rebounding seemingly at will. With Taylor on the bench in the second quarter, the Timberwolves brought the game to within 4 points, forcing The Dalles to call a timeout at the 4:49 mark. With 1:13 to go in the half, the Wolves could have come within one point when Napoleon Owen hit a three, but the score was waved off as coach David Stelljes called for timeout a split second before the ball left Owen’s hand. The teams traded baskets down the stretch, and the Wolves went into the second half down by five at 37–32.

Goldendale’s Nick Lee shouldered the scoring load with 21 on 47% shooting, while former Goldendale athlete Oscar Fernandez bore the burden for the Riverhawks, scoring 25 points on 60% shooting. The teams traded buckets with Lee hitting 2 and 3 pointers in the waning seconds of the game to get the Wolves within one point of the Hawks.

The score was 71–70, The Dalles was on the line, and there was .8 of a second on the clock. Coach Steljes argued that a second should be put back on the clock, but to no avail. The Hawks missed the free throw, and all the Wolves could do was throw a full-court hail Mary and hope for a miracle. It didn’t happen, and the Riverhawks escaped with the one-point win.

In the end, the Timberwolves couldn’t make the free throws they needed to in the first half, going five for 15, and they couldn’t get to the line when they needed to in the second half, making it to the line only once and hitting one of two.


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