Wildcats rebound for a win
by Jack Deming
Jan 17, 2013 | 1102 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Twin Valley’s Cade Nesbitt, 23, is sandwiched between Woodstock’s Dougie Avellino and Nehemiah Wood while working under the glass.
Twin Valley’s Cade Nesbitt, 23, is sandwiched between Woodstock’s Dougie Avellino and Nehemiah Wood while working under the glass.
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The Twin Valley boys’ basketball team extended their losing streak to four Friday night, losing to Woodstock 56-43. The Wildcats began the game strong, going up 15-6 in the first quarter, using speed to exploit the Wasps’ man-to-man defense, but wouldn’t hold their lead for long.

In the second quarter, Woodstock switched to a zone defense and began to roll, outscoring Twin Valley 14-5 for a 20-20 halftime score. Twin Valley gave up on their inside game and began to settle for outside shots which produced few results. The Wildcats were six of 29 from beyond the arc and 16 of 60 in total field goals.

The score remained close in the second half as Twin Valley’s defense kept them in the game, not allowing the score to inflate into double-digits in the third quarter. Woodstock’s Connor Fegard netted 20 for the Wasps, keeping his offense ahead as the fourth quarter wound down. Twin Valley would pull within six with three minutes on the clock but no closer, as the foul game came into play, and Woodstock took advantage of their free throws for the win.

Colin Lozito led Twin Valley with 15 points and four assists, while Dal Nesbitt had 14 points and five rebounds. Sam Molner led Twin Valley rebounders with 12.

TV 57, Arllington 54

The Wildcats snapped their four-game losing streak at Arlington Monday night, with a well-rounded team scoring effort, and the most complete performance of the year from forwards Sam Molner and Eli Park. Twin Valley scored 15 in the first quarter, holding their hosts to six, and fixed their scoring woes of late with 42% shooting on the night. Coach Chris Brown had his boys attack the rim, a piece of their game that has been missing, and it paid off.

With the score 30-21 at the half, Arlington began to find their game, sinking three quick two-point field goals to bring the game within three a minute into the second half. The Wildcats would keep their lead at three but lost it for the first time in the game as Arlington hit two quick shots at the beginning of the fourth to go up 43-42.

Point guard Colin Lozito managed his team’s plays carefully in the fourth, and Dal Nesbitt hit a three-pointer to take the lead back, which Twin Valley never lost again. A 9-0 run in the fourth proved to be just enough to weather a 6-0 run by Arlington that cut the lead to three with seconds remaining. A free throw by Molner made the game a two-possession match and iced it. Arlington would hit a free throw to make the final score 57-54.

On defense, Molner, Park, and DJ Lazelle worked on keeping Arlington out of the paint, double- teaming 6-foot-4-inch Arlington forward DJ Jennings, and limiting him to 15 points. Point guard Alex Hawley had 18 of his 20 points in the second half for Arlington, which falls to 3-3 on the year.

Lozito finished with a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists, and added three steals. Nesbitt finished with 18 points, six rebounds, and three steals, while Molner added 11 points and eight rebounds. Park added six points and seven rebounds. Twin Valley improved to 3-6. They will host Proctor on Monday at 6:30 pm.
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