Black Hills 72, Eastmont 61
(Tumwater, WA) The Black Hills Wolves were looking for their offense to finally break loose especially after scoring a total of 26 points against Woodland on Wednesday, by the way, they won that game 26-23. The Wolves had been rather consistent offensively other than the last blip scoring a minimum of 50 but never topping 65 in their 7 other games coming into this non-league game against 4A Eastmont.
The Wildcats on the other hand travelled from Wenatchee after playing Friday night at home. The 1-day trip was a long day for the Wildcats traversing the icy and snowy passes and no doubt rolled in early Sunday morning.
As the game began the Wolves scoring ace TJ Mickelson got off to a good start but he would blow up in the 2nd half, while getting some help from Noah Brewer who knocked in 7 of his 13. Black Hills took a 19-14 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and then quickly extended that lead to 7 and held a 6-8 point lead for most of the quarter until the Wildcats started to heat up. Brandon Porter would get 6, JR Alvarez added 5 while Alex Guerra, Zach Lathan and Javier Calvillo all had 4 as they closed the gap trailing 30-27 at the break.
Black Hills would come out in the 2nd half on fire especially Mickelson who go on a rampage knocking down 22 of his 32 points. Jason Underhill would chip in his 6 points as the Wolves raced out to a 12-point lead 43-31. The Wildcats refused to travel all this way and then just roll over as Porter led a huge comeback and they would pull within 3 by the end of the 3rd going on an 18-9 run to finish the quarter and pull within 3 at 52-49.
The Wildcats would get closer pulling within 1 but could never take the lead as Nick McGill would get on track after missing most of the 1st half due to foul trouble and scored all 9 of his points in the 2nd half but would foul out early in the 4th. The Wolves would put together one final run to stretch the lead late and secure the win and it was kicked off by an amazing banked in 3-point shot by Joe Crumley which would ultimately be our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game.
Black Hills finished with their best offensive output of the season on their way to their 5th win and are now 5-4 while the Wildcats drop to 4-7. Our Tommy Lowe of Greene Realty Players of the Game were TJ Mickelson for Black Hills and Brandon Porter for Eastmont.
Black Hills: Mickelson 32, Brewer 13, Crumley 11, Jewell Day 7, Underhill 6, Garrett Glenn 3
Eastmont: Porter 19, Lathan 11, McGill 9, Guerra 6, Alvarez 6, Brandon Wilson 4, Calvillo 4, Parker Daniels 2