Timberwolves press on with another blowout win

Bella Vista can't hang with Woodcreek
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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It didn’t matter if it was the first unit or the reserves on the floor Tuesday night, the Woodcreek High boys basketball team continued to roll through its early-season schedule. The Timberwolves jumped on Bella Vista early, and continued to extend its advantage before taking the foot off the gas during the final eight minutes of a 68-40 Woodcreek win. The Broncos had few answers early for the Woodcreek inside game as 6-foot-11 center Mike Kurtz scored all six of his points in the initial stanza. Kurtz also grabbed six rebounds in that first quarter. As the game progressed towards the second period, the Timberwolves put on the defensive pressure, picking up in the backcourt. Bella Vista could not handle the pressure and the result was turnovers that came in bunches. By intermission, Woodcreek held a 35-16 advantage in a game that bore no resemblance to the playoff matchup between these two last season. While Woodcreek has returned much of its squad intact, that Bronco team was almost exclusively made up of talented seniors, and this year’s inexperience really shows. Nik Milani led Woodcreek in scoring, but all of his 16 points came in the opening half as Burnel Pinkerton dug deeply into his bench throughout the second half. In all, 13 different Woodcreek players scored in the contest, with John Peska, the only player without points pitching in with three assists and three steals. Kurtz ended the game with six points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in limited playing time. Devin Murphy and Ryan Milat each scored seven points for the Timberwolves. Woodcreek will participate in the John Hauselt Tournament at Casa Roble this weekend, beginning with an 8:30 p.m. game Thursday night against Union Mine.