Wolves Dominate In Semi-Final Win Over Plentywood
By J. Levi Burnfin Courier Sports
Published: Thursday, February 14th, 2013
In a night where Plentywood was missing their best post-player Jackson Marsh, it hurt all the more when their second-best post Brady Osksa fouled out early in the third.
Without those two the Wildcats had very little presence in the paint and the Wolf Point Wolves cruised to the 46-29 win in a District 2B semi-final.
The Wolves led from wire to wire with their biggest lead, 42-25 coming in the fourth quarter. Most of the damage came from second-chance points as the Wolves dominated the glass all game, out-rebounding the Cats on the offensive glass 11-5.
It was a physical game from the very beginning and turned too physical early on as a Wolf Point player seemingly kicked, accidentally or not, a Plentywood player but wasn’t called. Just a few seconds later, retribution came quickly with a hard screen and a push from a Wildcat was called.
The play seemed to be clean from then on but Plentywood could never quite get any flow on the offensive end of the floor and scratch back into the game.
Wolf Point was led by Mechiah Zilkoski, who scored a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Easton Copenhaver added nine points and Tyson Bridgers came off the bench with eight points.
Jerod McCrory was the leading scorer for the Cats with 10 points. Nathan Woodman hauled in six boards for the Cats, as well.
Wolf Point moves on to face Malta in the championship game. Those two teams met in the regular season finale on Feb. 9 with the Wolves coming out on top, the only district loss for the Mustangs.
Plentywood drops to a loser-out matchup with the Harlem Wildcats Saturday morning.
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