Monday, January 14, 2013
The Timberland Wolves ended the 2012 portion of the basketball season on a positive note, staying out of arm’s reach of the Cross Trojans to win 57-48 at the Wolves’ gymnasium.
The win for the Wolves came after a frustrating loss to Berkeley the night before.
In the loss to the Stags the Wolves could only manage 11 second half points and four points total in the fourth quarter.
The Wolves would not run out of gas against Cross, pouring in 33 second half points including an 18-point fourth quarter to win going away.
The two teams started off on a scoreboard version of seesaw as the Wolves enjoyed a 12-11 lead.
Timberland’s Shamell Williams and the Trojans’ Branford Halls traded early buckets to knot the score 4-4.
A pair of layups by Coliah Whitaker put the Wolves up 9-6 at the 2:45 mark of the first quarter. A pair of free throws by Walter Nelson increased the lead to 11-6.
Following a Timberland free throw, Cross rallied with a 3-pointer by Halls and then closed within one, 12-11, on Jamar Matthew’s steal and lay-up as the buzzer sounded.
In the second quarter Cross had trouble finding the bottom of the bucket. A Halls layup to start the quarter would give the Trojans their only lead of the night at 13-12.
Williams replied with a 3-pointer to put THS up 15-13 and the Wolves would go on a 9-0 run over the course of the second quarter until a pair of late 3’s by Corinthian Green pulled the Trojans to within 21-19.
Timberland added a pair of buckets to a Trojan free throw to close out the first half scoring 25-20.
In the second half THS pulled away with a 15-8 third quarter as the Trojans went cold. Included was a 12-2 run mid-quarter.
The Trojans rallied with a 20-point fourth quarter but could never climb any closer than a nine-point deficit.
Greene led all scorers with 17 points, which included five 3-pointers from the floor, and Halls added 14 points to lead Cross.
Whitaker led Timberland with 15 points and Jordan Whaley chipped in 14 to pace the Wolves.
Cross falls to 0-7 and opens its Region 6A schedule on Jan. 4, 2013 on the road against Military Magnet Academy.
Timberland evened its record at 3-3 and takes to the road this week to take on Goose Creek and Stratford.