Wolves split in East versus West

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:06
  • Eagle River’s Ryan Adkins is surrounded by West defenders in the Wolves’ 61-39 loss last Saturday. Adkins scored a game-high 25 point two nights earlier in a 66-56 win over East. (Photo by Michael Dinneenfor the Star)
  • Bryson Rollman puts a shot up against TJ Prater for Eagle River against West last Saturday. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)

Eagle River jumped on East for a 16-point halftime lead and held on for a 66-56 win last Thursday before falling at West over the weekend.

Ryan Adkins exploded for 25 points along with 6 rebounds and Bryson Rollman chipped in 10 for the Wolves against East. Aaron Davis led Eagle River in rebounds with 12 in the win.

For the opening four minutes of last Saturday’s basketball game at West, the Eagle River Wolves couldn’t find the bottom of the net and found themselves in an 8-0 deficit.

Jacob Thompson finally put the Wolves on the board with a determined layup, but it was a deficit the Wolves (10-9, 4-6) would not recover from as the visitors fell to the host Eagles by a 61-39 margin.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating, it felt like we had a cover on the hoop there,” lamented head coach Bob Adkins. “It kind of slows your momentum,” he said. “Last time we played them we were hitting some shots and that helped us keep our momentum. Still, that’s one of the things I told them, is that you have to let your defense dictate everything, and your offense will come.”

Still, there were bright spots. Down 25-18 at the half, the Wolves made offensive adjustments, penetrating the Eagles defense scoring the quarter’s first seven points.

They played more aggressively on defense, and come up with some steals of their own. Late in the quarter, Jean Gonzalez picked Ayuel Dak’s pocket and drove for a layup that brought the Wolves fans to their feet.

But the overall height advantage, trapping defense and athleticism of the Eagles proved too much in the final frame, and the Eagles flew away to a 22-point final advantage.

“We kind of got sloppy in the fourth quarter, and that led to a few turnovers,” Adkins said.

Aaron Davis agreed with his coach about the first quarter, “We just couldn’t get anything to drop.”

Davis led the Wolves with 10 points, followed by Ryan Adkins’ seven and Jacob Thompson’s 6. Hezekiah Lewis added five points, Bryson Rollins four, Jean Gonzalez two and Angel Raymundo sank a free throw.

The Wolves’ girls team struggled to a 63-11 loss, with Kamryn Perry leading the way with five points, Sing Schmid adding a three pointer, Grace Harden hitting a bucket and Abby Jensen contributing a free throw.

Eagle River’s squads will travel to Kenai Central for a nonconference tilt on Friday before returning home for a trip to rival Chugiak on Saturday.

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