Spartans boys lose to Wolves on ‘Money’ shot

January 21, 2014

By Neil Pierson

The play is called “Money,” and Davis Woerner made sure it was worth every cent.

Needing a clutch shot late in regulation, Eastlake High School boys basketball coach Brian Dailey drew up a play for Woerner, the Wolves’ 6-foot-6 senior forward, who has exceptional range for a player of his size.

Woerner sank a 3-pointer from the left corner, tying the score late in the fourth quarter, and visiting Eastlake went on to defeat rival Skyline, 81-76, in overtime in a Jan. 14 Class 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Woerner, who finished with 18 points on six 3-point buckets, said the play was executed well. Eastlake faked a pass to one corner of the court, and Mick Vorhof and Jake Davidson set a double screen for Woerner, who tied the score at 69 with 15.1 seconds left.

Skyline (5-4, 3-4) had a chance to win in the final seconds, but senior guard Jonah Eastern missed a 3-pointer amid heavy defensive pressure.

In overtime, Eastlake picked up a key offensive foul that negated a basket from Skyline’s Collin Crisp. Vorhof then drilled a contested jumper to give the Wolves the lead, and Jordan Lester finished a 3-point play off a Mason Pierzchalski assist to make it 76-71.

Vorhof scored 18 points and Pierzchalski added 11 for the Wolves.

Trailing by three, the Spartans forced a turnover on an Eastlake inbounds play, and had one final chance to keep the game going. But junior Robert Biegaj — who had a game-high 26 points — was short on a contested 3-pointer, and Lester iced the game for the Wolves with two free throws.

Eastlake had to climb out of holes in both halves. Skyline led by as many as 11 points in the first half, and then broke free again with a 19-8 surge in the third quarter to lead, 58-46.

Skyline’s hot shooting from beyond the arc hurt Eastlake for much of the game. Eastern, who scored 20 points, had five of his team’s nine 3-pointers.

But the Spartans managed only one trey in the fourth period and overtime, and the Wolves outscored them 35-18 in that 12-minute stretch.

The second quarter featured six lead changes, and Skyline went to halftime with a 39-38 edge. The home squad came out of the break on fire as Eastern, Biegaj and Dae’von Bovan all hit 3-pointers, and Bovan had a buzzer-beating putback to rebuild Skyline’s double-digit edge.

Down the stretch, though, Eastlake’s Lester proved invaluable. He scored 14 of his team-leading 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Skyline will be on the road this week as the Spartans attempt to improve their playoff position. They play at Newport at 8 p.m. Jan. 24.

 

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