Wolverines prevail with good efforts in first, fourth quarters
by Chris Byess
cbyess@cherokeetribune.com
December 29, 2012 01:06 AM | 1272 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JASPER — Anchored by strong first- and fourth-quarter performances, and a standout defensive display by Matt Scott, Woodstock fought off Robbinsville (N.C.) 66-52 on Friday to score its first win at the Pickens Holiday Invitational.

Much of Wolverines’ success on both sides of the ball came from the post, where they seemed to consistently outmatch the Black Knights (6-2).

Robinsville found itself having the most trouble with the 6-foot-7 Scott, who was a menace beneath the basket the entire evening. Scott registered at least two blocks in every period, was fouled more than any player on the night and he ended the game with 14 shots from the free-throw line.

“Matt was great,” Woodstock coach Brady Richeson said. “He probably had at least 10 blocks (Friday), went up strong and was a presence on the inside. He had a great game.”

After an even first few minutes, Woodstock (4-6) broke the game open with a 13-point run that saw it take a 17-6 lead into the second, thanks in large part to the post play of Trey Alexander and the shooting of guard Thomas Carroll. They finished the first half with 10 and seven points, respectively.

A more balanced second quarter saw the Wolverines take a comfortable 31-16 lead into halftime.

Needing to keep itself in the game, Robbinsville came out the aggressor in the third, and its increase in tempo paid dividends. By forcing the Wolverines into committing numerous turnovers, and attacking on fast breaks, the Black Knights outscored Woodstock 18-11 in the third quarter to cut the lead to eight.

But despite having momentum against it, Woodstock rose to the occasion in the fourth and registered 24 points to seal the victory.

Alexander led the Wolverines with 16 points, Scott had 15, Carroll 14 and Chris Mowery 12.

Isaiah Phillips’ 11 points and Ben Wiggins’ nine led Robbinsville.

With the victory, Woodstock snapped a three-game losing streak that dated back to a Dec. 14 loss to Milton.

“It was nice to get that monkey off our back,” Richeson said. “Our overtime loss (against Loganville) on Thursday was tough to take, so this was definitely a much needed win for us.”

Richeson was not only pleased with the victory, but with his team’s performance, too.

“I thought we played really well, especially in the first half,” he said. “We played really well defensively and got after it, especially with Trey and Matt rebounding. I liked our intensity.”

Woodstock will have a chance to close out the invitational against Mundy’s Mill, a team it lost to in last year’s event.
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