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Woodcreek utilizes its speed in Foundation victory

Defending Division II section-champion Timberwolves run away from Casa Roble
By: Robbie Enos
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Foundation Games kicked off the basketball season for Woodcreek High School on Monday night, and the Timberwolves boys started with a 61-37 win over visiting Casa Roble.

The Woodcreek girls lost to Casa Roble 50-46 in the first game of the exhibition doubleheader.

Woodcreek’s boys, who won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship last season and advanced to the Northern California title game, played a steady team game, recording 11 assists with 11 players scoring.

Point guard Devin Murphy led a fast and aggressive pace.

“Basically on fast breaks, we just want to spread the lanes out wide and beat them,” Murphy said. “We’re a fast team and that’s our game, spread the court and use our speed.”

The Rams played at a slower tempo, drawing fouls and nailing free throws. They scored 17 points from the line.

Murphy scored six points in the first quarter, and the Timberwolves outrebounded Casa Roble 16-4. Center Sam Anderson had six rebounds in the first half.

The Timberwolves made adjustments at halftime and pulled away from a 26-23 lead. They held Casa Roble to two field goals to take a 15-point lead.

“We talked about working harder,” Murphy said. “This is a really good team, but we felt that we should get the lead. So we came out and played harder.”

Woodcreek closed strong with seven players scoring and six grabbing a rebound in the final period. Casa mustered one field goal.

Murphy totaled nine points, seven rebounds and two steals. The bench contributed 16 points, and Anderson had nine points and 10 rebounds.

In the girls game, Woodcreek point guard Samantha Gonzalez nailed two three-pointers to even the score at 46 with 29 seconds remaining, but Alison Roth scored inside with 15 seconds left to give the Rams the lead.

Casa Roble was led by Demi Muses with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Woodcreek led 13-12 after one quarter, 24-21 at halftime and 36-34 after three before the Rams got hot and made seven baskets in the final period.

Gonzalez made five three-pointers and scored 17 points. Christina Mandich scored eight.

“We need to play harder,” Woodcreek coach Ray Beck said. “That wasn’t even close, and we need to do a much better job.”