Rocklin not able to hold on as Woodcreek wins 60-58

Cold fourth silences Thunder
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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ROCKLIN _ It’s been said basketball in the Sierra Foothill League could be anybody’s game on any given night. And indeed it was as 0-2 Woodcreek came into 2-0 Rocklin and left on the winning side of a 60-58 thriller Thursday night.

After the Timberwolves jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on a trey each by James Leyva and Tyler Milani, the Thunder went on a 12-0 run to take back the lead. Rocklin held that lead until 3:15 remaining in the fourth quarter when Woodcreek’s Noah Blackwell buried a three to tie the game.

“Casey (Cutts) has brought that Rocklin fervor, that intensity back and these kids compete,” Woodcreek had coach Paul Hayes said of the Thunder coach. “We work a lot on trying to get on the boards trying to block people out. I think we still have trouble with it and it’s something we’re going to battle all year.”

The T’wolves trailed 30-24 in the rebounding department but got the crucial boards when it counted. With just seconds remaining in the game and the score tied 58-58, the two clubs battled for a do-or-die rebound and Rocklin was called for a foul.

Woodcreek’s Max Morse went to the line with just 6.8 seconds showing on the clock and drained both shots for the margin of victory.

The Thunder’s Taylor Cherry did get off a 3-point shot as time ran out but it came up short.

Milani tallied 21 for the T’wolves as did Blackwell. Blackwell hit three critical shots down the stretch including the game-tying trey.

Cook led the Thunder with 13 points and Devin Moss added 12. Rocklin will host Roseville (1-1) Jan. 22, a winner over Woodcreek last Tuesday.

The Timberwolves will host Granite Bay (2-0) coming off a near 30-point win over Del Oro.

Read about this game and more in the Jan. 24 edition of the Placer Herald.


Timberwolves            15        14        12        19 – 60

Thunder                     18        12        16        12 – 58