Wrapping up one of the stronger weeks in recent memory, the Morton-White Pass boys basketball team picked up a 62-51 win over Zach Swanson and Toutle Lake Saturday night on the road.
The Timberwolves (9-4, 4-1 C2BL) trailed for most of the night, and three three quarters, were facing an uphill battle to steal a victory on the road against the Ducks. Swanson had already cracked double figures by halftime — and eclipsed 1,000 career points as just a sophomore — and the Ducks had been raining down threes on a T-Wolves squad that was just trying to keep up.
“We just had to keep up our constant pressure,” T-Wolves coach Chad Cramer said. “We waited for the dam to burst, just waited and waited for that moment, and it finally did.”
Behind a career-high 14 points from freshman Judah Kelly, who had been showing off a strong scoring ability in practice for weeks, the Timberwolves stole the victory on the road thanks to a 22-8 run in the fourth quarter. Swanson was subbed out due to foul trouble early in the quarter, and that was just the break in the dam the T-Wolves needed to bust the game open.
“In the second half I was much happier with our defense,” Cramer said. “I’m pretty pleased, it just took us awhile.”
The Timberwolves allowed zero 3-point makes in the second half, and used Kelly’s hot hand to get the win.
“It was his best game of the year,” Cramer said. “He finally broke through and changed the game with his scoring.”
Josh Salguero led MWP with 18 points, while Kelly finished with 14 and Gary Dotson dropped 13 points. Swanson led the Ducks with a game-high 24 points.
The Timberwolves will look to carry all their momentum forward into a tough week next week, with two road games against Toledo and Adna and a home game against Stevenson in between them starting on Wednesday.