Wolves get victory

Posted: Monday, February 01, 2010

After a 13-point victory Friday night at Sitka, the Thunder Mountain boys'basketball team was unable to respond with another win Saturday evening as they fell to the Wolves 65-54.

Reese Saviers had 26 points in the loss with Cody Grussendorf pitching in 15 points. Torey Franzen added five points while Keith Ainsworth and Jazz King had four a piece.

Blasco said the team never got going as an offensive unit.

Sitka scored 10 points at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, and Blasco said the Falcons were basically playing catch-up basketball the last four minutes of the game. The Wolves got to the line 26 times overall.

On top of that, Sitka had three players score in double figures.

"They were the more aggressive team the second night and they shot the ball better from the outside than they did Friday night," he said.

Blasco also said the team may have been a little fatigued Saturday.

"We were a little slower on our feet the second night which caused us to foul," he said. "I had one guy with three fouls in the second quarter and three others with two fouls, so we had to play that sensitive game of playing good defense without fouling."

With their matchup against Juneau-Douglas just days away, Blasco said the Falcons need to learn from the lossSaturday.

"It's one of those things where we've got to continue to learn to come to play two nights in a row," he said. "Sitka definitely came out harder than we did and played a much more balanced game the second night.

Blasco said while this young group of basketball players is still learning, the team needs to be ready to play both nights this weekend against JDHS.

"That's what I'm trying to get across for this weekend because it's not just about Friday night, it's about Friday and Saturday night," he said. "These are definitely going to be some very big games and everyone in town is talking about it.

"I'm just trying to keep usfocused."

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