The nets at Black Hills might still be glowing in a day or two with how brightly the Wolves lit them up Thursday, in a 97-43 beatdown of Rochester to get up to speed and then some going into the postseason.
Tuesday night, Tumwater held the Wolves to a season-low 38 points, and they wanted to get that bad taste out of their mouths fast.
Harrison Pilon started things off, scoring Black Hills’ first 19 points, including five 3-pointers, as the hosts burst out to a 29-12 lead after a quarter. Rochester didn’t let things get much worse in the second, but in the third quarter, Black Hills’ offense hit new levels in a 37-point explosion that put things out of reach and then some.
Pilon finished 10 of 17 from beyond the arc en route to 38 points. Keagan Rongen added a 15-point, 17-rebound double-double. Twelve Wolves ended up on the scoresheet by the time the night’s work was done.
Johnnie Stallings only scored five points, but dished out 11 assists.
Ethan Rodriguez led Rochester with 12 points, and Carson Rotter scored nine.
The Warriors are set for one more game this season, against Shelton on Monday. They go into the final day already eliminated from postseason contention, while the Highclimbers have already clinched the 2A EvCo’s pigtail spot. Black Hills, the league’s No. 2 seed, will get an extended break before opening up district play against the GSHL No. 3 — either Woodland or Ridgefield — next Saturday.