Timberwolves bury Bulldogs in Division II playoffs

Woodcreek overwhelms Folsom
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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The Woodcreek High boys basketball team cruised through the first round of CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs burying Folsom 67-44 on Wednesday night. With the black mob student cheering section in full affect and 6-foot-11 center Mike Kurtz flying high for alley-oops, the Timberwolves advanced his team one game closer to Arco Arena. Nik Milani led all scorers with 21 points on 7-of-13 field goals along with five rebounds, an assist and two steals. If it hadn’t been for seven turnovers in the first quarter the Timberwolves would have been up by double-digits early. With Milani out on two early fouls the second quarter belonged to Mike Kurtz. Kurtz scored nine of his 16 points in the second quarter and recorded a double-double, adding 10 rebounds, a 3-pointer, team high four assists and four blocks. “I knew that they had some size, but I definitely had the advantage. I just find spots where there’s openings and get to them,” Kurtz said. “Guys hit me and hit screen and rolls and I had my shot. With Nik (Milani) out the responsibility didn’t rest on me personally, but everybody else. We all had to step up and take his scoring role and we did that.” It took Milani less than 20 seconds to score upon returning after halftime. In the third he dropped in 13 points of a 16-6 quarter that provided final separation for Woodcreek. “Our main focus was rebounding. We were doing well and coach told me he was going to stick with the guys on the floor if he didn’t need me, so I was proud of my team for staying in there,” Milani said. “The shots were falling so I kept going. If we play how we played and can play we can beat anyone in sections.” The 15th-seeded Bulldogs were out of sync against the No. 2-seeded Timberwolves. They put up 15 3-pointers, making just three of them (1-of-6 in the fourth). Kori Babineaux finished with just eight points for Folsom as Woodcreek put the clamps on Folsom’s primary scoring option. The Bulldogs leading scorer was Tyler Trosin with 10 points. Off the bench, big man Bryson Byrant had nine points. “They were only a 15 seed on paper,” said Woodcreek coach Burnell Pinkerton. “They only have one senior and we have eight. They’ll be around all next year. I thought Devin (Murphy) and Derek (Anganes) did a good job on (Kori) Babineaux. It’s another game won and done. We want to get to Arco so we have to win Friday night. We’re going to come out and play like crazy no matter who we play. That’s what happens when you have eight solid guys contributing.” As a team the Timberwolves recorded 18 assists, 38 total rebounds (14 offensive) and nine steals while knocking down 14-of-17 free throws. Guard Ryan Sondhi stepped in adding nine points, seven of which came in the second quarter with Milani on the bench. He also had five rebounds, three assists and a steal. Folsom (12-16) saw its season come to an end with the loss, while Woodcreek (23-5) now moves on to host No. 10 Inderkum at 7 p.m. Friday night. The Tigers (14-11) upset seventh-seeded Laguna Creek Wednesday night.