Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Timberland Wolves haven’t won a basketball game yet in 2014.
THS dropped a 58-48 overtime thriller to Stratford on Jan. 9, a losing streak that has now reached seven games.
Timberland hasn’t won a game since beating Baptist Hill on Dec. 26, 2013. Included in the streak are home and home losses to Berkeley, Goose Creek, and now the Knights.
The Wolves didn’t play bad basketball. They led until the final 15 seconds of the fourth quarter when Demetre Rivers tied the score with a long three-pointer.
The late bucket and Timberland’s inability to draw iron on its last second shot for the win took the wind out of the THS sails as the Knights poured it on with a 10-point overtime period to win going away.
Jumping out to an 18-6 first quarter lead, the Wolves were hot coming out of the chute with Shamell Williams and Johnelle Brown working the outside and inside game and the defense forcing a half-dozen turnovers resulting in easy breakaway lay-ups.
But the Knights kept battling back, whittling away at the 12-point deficit to cut the lead to nine at the half, 29-20.
Timberland began to wither in the third quarter mustering just nine points in the Stratford comeback, and just 10 in the fourth as the Knights rallied to score 38 points in the second half, including the four-minute overtime period.
Demetre Rivers continued his hot hand, putting on a one-man show to score a game-high 35 points to lead the Knights. Rivers also scored the 1,000th point of his career during the contest.
Williams led all Timberland scorers with 16 points. Brown added 11 points to help pace the Wolves.
With the loss THS fell to 5-8 while Stratford improved to 12-3 adding a 68-61 win over West Ashley on Jan. 11.
The Wolves have their work cut out for them once the Region 7AA schedule tips off this week with three of four region opponents ranked in Class AA’s Top 10.
Lake Marion holds the top spot with Kingstree ranked fourth and Lake City fifth. That leaves Andrews to battle it out for the bottom run on the Region 7AA ladder, if the games were played on paper.
In the girls game the Lady Knights downed Timberland 31-24. Anastasia Kinlaw led all scorers with 10 points for the Lady Wolves while Stratford did not tally a scorer in double figures for the game.
Dawson Skinner, Skye Moore and Sabrina Moody each finished with six points to pace the Lady Knights.