Overtime is becoming a familiar place for the Wood River High School boys’ basketball team.
Now, coach Andy Miles’ Wolverine varsity squad (0-3) has to figure out how to win one of the four-minute extra sessions.
The host Gooding Senators (1-1) built a 25-17 halftime lead in Tuesday’s non-conference battle and held off an impressive Wood River second-half comeback to emerge with a 63-62 overtime victory.
Wood River, which shot 45% from the field at Gooding including five 3-pointers, had gone to overtime with the Kimberly Bulldogs Dec. 4 in the Hailey home opener before falling 77-71 in OT.
Junior Cody Carter (15.7 ppg) led Wood River at Gooding with 17 points including two 3-pointers along with 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot. Senior Eron Bates added 16 points on 7-for-11 field goal shooting with 7 boards and 3 steals.
Wood River piled up seven blocked shots with Douglas Mason (3 points) making five of them.
Other contributors were Alec Nordsieck (10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists), Parker Bingham (6 points, 3 boards, 2 assists), Arthur Brugger (4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), Kevin Hernandez (3 points) and Connor Hayes (3 points).
Gooding out-rebounded Wood River 35-24 and finished with three players in double figures. The Senators out-scored Wood River 17-9 at the free throw line.
Last Friday, Wood River also fell behind at halftime 37-18 in a foul-filled game at Filer and ended up on the short end of a 66-49 score. The Wolverines were whistled for 31 fouls to Filer’s 16, and the host Wildcats outscored the Wolverines 29-11 at the free throw line.
Mason (19 points) drilled five of Wood River’s eight 3-pointers against Filer. Carter added 12 points, Bates 9 and Bingham 5.
Wood River returns home to face another 4th District 3A opponent when the unbeaten Buhl Tribe (3-0) visits Hailey on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Led by 6-4 senior Kade Krossland (22.6 ppg), Buhl has posted two home wins over Great Basin Conference 4A opponents along with a 55-36 road win at American Falls Tuesday night. Hot from the 3-point line, the Tribe defeated Minico 69-63 and Jerome 60-52.
Cutthroat boys drop opener at Camas County
The Community School boys (0-1) produced five 3-pointers in Tuesday’s season-opening game at Fairfield.
But the host Camas County Mushers (1-2) enjoyed a wide 16-4 scoring advantage at the free throw line and carried away their first victory of the young season by a 47-39 score after building a 19-12 halftime edge.
Sophomore guard Daniel DuFur (9 points) nailed three of the 3-pointers, while senior Taylor Adler (12 points) led the way for the Cutthroats. Garrett Rawlings added 7 points, Doug DuFur 5, Alex Feldman 4 and Reed Roudabush 2. Isaac Simon’s 17 points topped the Mushers, who had lost 39-36 (OT) at Richfield and 69-44 to Lighthouse Christian at Jerome.
Bailey, Anderson win on first night of wrestling
Wood River High School senior Cooper Bailey and sophomore Ryan Anderson pinned their Kimberly Bulldog opponents Tuesday as the Wolverines debuted their 2013-14 season with a home dual meet on the Hailey mat.
Reigning district 106-pound champion Anderson pinned Kimberly’s Josiah Schroeder at 3:12 in the 120-pound match, and three-time state qualifier Bailey needed only 17 seconds to pin Kylar Prescott at 132 pounds.
Kimberly won the meet 48-36 as nine out of 14 weight classes were forfeits—four won by Wood River and five won by Kimberly—plus a double forfeit at 220 pounds. Wolverine forfeit winners were Colby Castle at 98, Everett Thomas at 106, Cameron Bingham at 152 and Alvaro Hurtado at 285.
The Wolverines travel to the Bucks Bag tournament Dec. 13-14 at Capital High School in Boise, then host the Minico Spartans Tuesday, Dec. 17 for another 6 p.m. Hailey dual meet.