Saturday Feb 27 2010
Woodcreek rolls Inderkum on way to Arco
By: Galen Kusic, Special to The Press Tribune
Timberwolves to face Rocklin in D-II semifinal round
The Woodcreek Timberwolves advanced to the semifinals of the Division II Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs Friday with a blowout win over the Inderkum Tigers, 90-56. Twelve Woodcreek players scored on the road to an impressive team victory at home. "We've got so many weapons and so many guys that can get it done for us," said head coach Burnel Pinkerton. "That's a luxury very few teams have. The monkey is finally off our back, it feels really good." Woodcreek got out to a quick start, scoring six unanswered to open the game and give the Timberwolves a 22-14 advantage after a quarter. "Fast starts are big for us, because it makes things much harder coming from behind," said senior guard Nik Milani. "If you can take a team out from the beginning, it's huge. We've been in that situation, so we know how important it is." Inderkum tried to recover, getting back to within 26-19 after a Kareem Ransom three - but Woodcreek went on a 7-0 run, accented by a Milani bucket and the foul to put the Timberwolves up 31-19. Milani led the way for the Timberwolves, hitting shots from all over the floor- pouring in 24 points, five rebounds and three assists. "We share the ball. If we're not open, we'll find somebody that is open," Milani said. "You just got to be patient- when we do that, it's hard to beat us." The Timberwolves led 50-27 into the half, but Inderkum stormed out after the break - scoring five unanswered to force a Woodcreek timeout. That was as close as the Tigers would get the rest of the game. The Timberwolves had great shot selection and pounded the ball inside to senior center Mike Kurtz, whom the Tigers had no answer for. Kurtz went to work and finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Nik Stathopoulos added nine points with four steals and Ryan Milat dropped in eight to go with four assists. "That's how we've been doing it all season," said Milani. "Any night, anybody can step up. How can you game plan against that? I love it." The Timberwolves forced numerous Tiger turnovers and executed fast break opportunities on the offensive end nearly to perfection throughout the second half and took a 69-39 lead into the final period. "Inderkum just got done scoring 98 points, so we talked a lot about our defense," said Pinkerton. "After we lost to Del Oro, we talked about team defense, and all of us working together. We've really picked it up a notch on the defensive end." "We've been dreaming about this since we were little kids," Kurtz said. "Tomorrow we get ready for Arco. If we play up to our potential, I don't think anybody can stop us in the section." Woodcreek improves to 24-5 on the year, winning six straight. They will face SFL rival Rocklin in the D-II semifinals at Arco Arena Thursday night. The night will be filled with SFL action as Oakmont is headed to the other semifinal. Game times will be announced Saturday afternoon. "In the papers and the press, the kids felt they weren't getting enough respect," Pinkerton said. "The game at Oakmont we really came out to play, and I think that is what changed our season."