T-wolves, Grizzlies both win at Surf 'N Slam

Woodcreek, Granite Bay boys at prestigious San Diego tournament
By: Staff Report
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The boys varsity teams from Woodcreek and Granite Bay High were both out to a great start at the Surf ‘N Slam Tournament Monday in San Diego. The Grizzlies, who are the defending champion of the Slam Division got off on the right foot in defending their title with a 54-43 win over Saguaro of Scottsdale, Ariz. Monday morning. Granite Bay’s lead was in the range of a 10-point margin for most of the contest, and while they were unable to extend the advantage much, Saguaro could not close it down. “Our back court kept up the constant pressure on the defensive end which helped us get some easy baskets in transition and our bigs did a nice job of controlling the boards,” said Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud. The Timberwolves finished second in the Surf Division last season, and they look to improve on that this year. Woodcreek outscored Bainbridge (Washington) 63-48 with a strong second-half surge after trailing by four at the break. After a pair of 13-11 quarters to open the game left Bainbridge up 26-22 at intermission, Woodcreek’s pressure defense took its toll in the second half. The Timberwolves turned up the scoring with a 18-point third period to take a four-point lead and then a 23-12 margin in the final stanza put the game on ice for Woodcreek. Nik Milani scored 13 points to lead the Timberwolves, as Ryan Milat added 11 and Mike Kurtz delivered 10 points and 10 rebounds. Devin Murphy scored eight points and added three assists and three steals to the Woodcreek effort. The Timberwolves face Mentor (Ohio) in the Surf Division semifinals at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at Mission Bay High School in San Diego. The Grizzlies face the winner of a first-round game that was played Monday between a from Washington state (Eastlake) and the host team (Scripps Ranch of San Diego). That second round contest tips at noon Tuesday.