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Woodcreek, Granite Bay drop close ones down south

T-wolves and Grizzlies to play for third in Surf 'N Slam
By: Staff Report
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The Woodcreek High boys basketball team could not overcome an uncharacteristically slow start Tuesday in the second round of the Surf ‘N Slam Tournament in San Diego. The Timberwolves fell 88-80 to Mentor (Ohio) after yielding 29 points in the first eight minutes and 22 in the second stanza to trail 51-35 at intermission. Being off target from three-point range Woodcreek as it drained just 1-of-10 shots from that territory in the contest. Woodcreek did manage to chase home 28 points in the final period as it made a run, but it could not catch Mentor down the stretch. Nik Milani scored 18 points and grabbed 12 for the Timberwolves. The senior forward also dished out a team-hit five assists. Mike Kurtz scored 19 points, and the senior center blocked three shots and pulled down six boards. The Woodcreek point guard tandem was also very good in the contest, as starter Ryan Sondhi scored 11 points, while reserve Devin Murphy scored 10 points, while snagging seven rebounds and passing out three assists. The Timberwolves faced Chartiers Valley (Bridgeville, Penn.) in the third place game of the Surf Division Wednesday afternoon. The Granite Bay Grizzlies are also in San Diego, where they are the defending champions of the Slam Division. An overtime loss Tuesday to tournament host Scripps Ranch, 58-50, ended Granite Bay’s hopes of a repeat and the Grizzlies were left to play for third place Wednesday against Mission Bay.