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Timberwolves claw past Eagles

Boys Basketball
By: Bill Poindexter Gold Country News Service
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LOOMIS — Del Oro High’s boys basketball team let Woodcreek get away Tuesday night. The lofty Golden Eagles had a five-point lead at halftime, gave the Timberwolves fits with their inside game and had a chance to make an early statement and hold serve at home against a Sierra Foothill League favorite. But Del Oro committed seven of its 22 turnovers in the third quarter and shot 2 for 9 from the field, and Woodcreek came back to post a 57-48 SFL victory. Austin Soldano’s free throw gave the Eagles (14-5, 1-1) a 30-26 lead with 5:15 remaining in the third period, but they didn’t score again. Woodcreek (16-3, 2-0) scored the final nine points in the quarter, including a controlled tip-in at the buzzer by Michael Mathews that gave the Timberwolves a 35-30 lead. “They knocked down a couple shots early, extended us defensively a little bit,” Del Oro coach Geoff Broyles said. “We couldn’t put the ball in the basket in the third quarter. We really struggled to make some shots. We had some good opportunities, but the ball just didn’t go down.” Del Oro’s deficit grew to 13 in the fourth quarter, as Woodcreek stayed hot from the floor. The Timberwolves were 8 for 28 in the first half and 15 for 31 in the second half. The Eagles were led by 6-foot-8 senior center Kyle Russell with 16 points. Junior Jordan Broyles had 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the game, and 6-9 senior center Luke Cochran blocked four shots. Dynamic guard Devin Murphy scored eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter for Woodcreek. He also had eight rebounds and four assists. Jamie Geyer scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth period, and Tyler Milani made two three-pointers and scored 12 points. John Peska led the charge in the third quarter with seven of his 11 points.