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Woodcreek knocks off Antelope to win Titan Holiday Classic

Timberwolves win streak grows to six with rematch looming
By: Cameron Salerno - For The Press Tribune
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Fans packed the gymnasium at Antelope High School Saturday night to witness two of the hottest teams in the area hit the hardwood in the championship game of the 7th annual Titan Holiday Classic. 

Both teams entered the game with impressive win streaks — Antelope, winners of its first four games of the year, and Woodcreek, winners of six straight — but only one team could emerge victorious. 

Thanks to 21 points from Tyrell Roberts and 25 more from Jordan Brown, the Timberwolves came out on top with an impressive 68-56 victory over the Titans to claim top-billing in the holiday tournament.

“More important than the win is that we're just getting better every game,” Woodcreek coach Paul Hayes said. “With the new playoff format, league play is what is important. But don’t get me wrong, it’s always nice to win a championship.”

Woodcreek pulled out to an early 20-13 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to a late 11-7 run, but Antelope answered right back. The Titans put together a 9-0 run to take their first and only led of the contest, 22-20, midway through the second quarter. 

“Antelope is a great program,” Hayes added. “They pressured us early and got up at one point, but we fought back. This was definitely a quality win over a top program in the region.”

The game got a little chippy following a technical foul on Antelope’s head coach Rob Richards just before halftime, but that helped the Timberwolves steal the momentum as they headed into the locker room with a 34-28 lead.

Woodcreek controlled the third quarter by getting to the basket, taking open shots and forcing turnovers on defense. The aggressive offensive approached forced the Titans to switch to a zone defense and it helped. The Timberwolves sophomore center Jordan Brown only tallied 10 points in the second half.

Despite Brown’s frustrations late in the game, Woodcreek was able to pull away. The Timberwolves extended their lead to a game-high 18 points midway through the fourth period and cruised to victory. 

With Brown held in check, Roberts stepped up and registered a season-high 21 points while Justin Asuncion added eight points and eight assists.

“This game allowed us to see what they do,” Brown explained. “We know how they play, so when we see them again on Tuesday we’ll be ready. We know that we will have to come out with the same aggression and take it to them early.”

Woodcreek and Antelope are set to tip-off again tonight at Antelope High in another non-conference matchup.