Written by Devon Boen
The Wolf Point Wolves’ boys’ varsity basketball team brought home a win against Harlem this past week, but fell to Plentywood in a neck-and-neck battle.
On Jan. 15, the Wolves hosted the Harlem Wildcats and defeated the team 62-33. The Wolves came out strong, scoring 16 points in the first quarter compared to Harlem’s dismal two-point effort.
Wolf Point continued playing well, scoring 14 in the second quarter, but had more competition since Harlem stepped up its effort and scored nine points.
The Wolves went into half time with a 19-point lead, but didn’t let this advantage slow them down. In the third quarter, the Wolves scored 21 points while only allowing Harlem seven. The lead seemed unbeatable at this point and it was. Wolf Point finished off the game scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter for an ending score of 62-33.
Matthew Weeks drove up the score with 21 points, while Mechiah Zilkoski and Patrick Laney each scored nine points. Easton Copenhaver and Hayden Hanks had four points each, while Robby Whitehawk scored three. All other varsity players, including Dalton Hafner, Mervin Garfield, Immanuel Winsor, Josh McClammy, Tyson Bridges and Cameron Quincy, scored two points each.
The Wolves made victory look easy against Harlem, but the team had to come out swinging against rival Plentywood on Jan. 18. It was a close game right down to the wire, but the Wolves ultimately lost 60-57 to the Wildcats.
There was no predicting who the victory would go to in the first half. In the first quarter, Wolf Point scored 15 and Plentywood scored 19, securing a small four-point lead. In the second quarter, the Wolves evened the playing field a bit, scoring 13 to Plentywood’s 11 points, bringing the half time score to 28-30 in Plentywood’s favor.
The boys hit the locker room knowing they would have to give every ounce of blood, sweat and tears they had to bring home a win in the second half.
The Wolves played hard in the third quarter, but allowed Plentywood to score 17 points over their nine. The Wolves were down by 10 points going into the fourth quarter and had to look for every possible opportunity to score. The team made an excellent effort and outplayed Plentywood, scoring 20 points to the Wildcat’s 13, but it wasn’t enough for the win.
Zilkoski was the star of the game, scoring 20 points, and Weeks came in a close second with 14 points. Quincy scored 10; Copenhaver, nine; and Hanks, four.
The Wolves play next in Sidney against the Eagles on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. and in Poplar on Friday.