Weiser gets by New Plymouth 49-47 in OT

Weiser’s Hayden Wilson-Palmer goes up for the shot against Nampa Christian’s big guy, No. 33 Matt Hinkle, who is listed as 6 feet, 6 inches on the roster. After the Wolverines took an early lead in the first quarter, the Trojans found an offensive spark and began running an up-tempo game in the second period. The Trojans erased Weiser’s lead and were in front by one point at halftime. The lead went back and forth in the second half of Saturday’s non-conference game. Both teams were tied at 38-38 at the end of regulation. Both teams kept it close in overtime, but a clutch fieldgoal by Weiser’s Tim Reed and a free throw by Angel Magana put Weiser back in front by two points with less than a minute left. The Trojans had one last shot to tie it but couldn’t get the ball in the basket. Photo by Steve Lyon
Steve Lyon
Weiser pulled out a win 49-47 over Nampa Christian on Saturday afternoon after both teams traded the lead back and forth in the final minute of overtime. 
 The surprisingly scrappy 2A Trojans came back from a nine-point deficit early in the game to  lead by one point at halftime, run up a six-point lead in the third period and almost get the upset in Weiser’s gym.
 Weiser coach Brad Adolfson said the Wolverines had a solid first quarter and then let up on the gas, allowing the Trojans to get back into the game.
 “In high school basketball it’s a matter of intensity, and we were very up and down as far as our intensity level. That is one thing we’re working on being consistent about,” he said. 
 The Wolverines (2-1) took an early lead in the first quarter when a dialed-in Braden Bumgarner hit a three-pointer to get Weiser on the scoreboard and then hit another pair of three-pointers in the period. He led Weiser in scoring with a season-high 18 points.
 Weiser was able to force some turnovers early in the game. Tim Reed added two points for the Wolverines on a put-back after a teammate shot an airball that missed the rim. 
 The Wolverines were rolling at the end of the first quarter with a 12-4 lead over the Trojans. 
 Weiser held a nine-point lead halfway through the second period with the score 17-8. 
 Bumgarner got the easy layup to make it 19-10, with the Wolverines out in front and seemingly in charge.
 Nampa Christian found an offensive spark when junior guard Joe Ihli hit a three-pointer with 3:31 left in the first half to cut Weiser’s lead to six points with the score 19-13. 
 Trojan Rusty Vander Woude hit two baskets within a minute to narrow Weiser’s lead to one point at 20-19. 
 With five seconds left in the first half, Nampa Christian took the lead for the first time at 21-20 after outscoring Weiser 17-8 in the second period.
 The Trojans, at times using a full-court press, built on their lead in the third quarter, getting up by four points and answering every Weiser basket with one of their own. 
 A bucket by Weiser’s Hayden Wilson-Palmer trimmed the Trojans’ lead to two points at 27-25 with two minutes left in the third period. The Trojans answered and were back up by four points at 29-25 at the end of the third period. 
 Early in the fourth period, two free throws by Bumgarner kept Weiser within two points at 29-27. A fast break allowed the Trojans to answer with a bucket to make it 31-27.
 Ande Jensen dropped a three-pointer from beyond the arc to keep it within three points with four minutes left in the game. Again, the Trojans answered and widened their lead to five points at 35-30.
 Bumgarner, a senior who brings back a lot of experience this season, hit a clutch three-pointer to tie it up at 35-35 with 2:58 left in the game. 
 Wilson-Palmer was fouled and added two free throws to give Weiser a one-point lead at 35-36. 
 With under two minutes left in regulation, the lead went back and forth, with the Trojans hitting a three-pointer to go up 38-36. Nate Lattin was in the paint and picked up two points for Weiser with the put-back, tying the score at 38-38.
 With the game tied and 54 seconds left on the clock in regular play, both coaches burned up timeouts to talk set plays and strategize on defense.
 Weiser had the final shot of the quarter and missed, sending the game into four minutes of overtime. 
 After Nampa Christian took the lead with a couple of free throws, Weiser’s Jensen hit a three-pointer to tie it once again at 44-44 in OT. A couple of clutch free throws by Hayden Wilson-Palmer gave the lead back to Weiser. Another clutch shot from the baseline by Tim Reed with 11 seconds made the score 48-47. Angel Magana hit a free throw for a point to make it a one-basket game.
 The Trojans had one last shot in OT but could not get it to drop as the buzzer sounded and came up two points short.
 Adolfson gave his team credit for overcoming a six-point deficit in the second half and competing hard to the end of OT. 
 “That is the thing I love about my kids is they will battle. Now we just got to battle consistently for the entire game,” he said.
 Seven Wolverines contributed points in the win, with Bumgarner finishing with 18 points. Reed had 11 points, followed in the scoring by Ande Jensen, who contributed six points. Wilson-Palmer added five points, Magana had four and Spencer scored three points. Nate Lattin had two points.
Weiser 55, New Plymouth 40
Nov. 28 at New Plymouth
 The Wolverines picked up their first win of the young hoops season at the Pilgrims’ gym, improving their record on the season to 1-1. 
 Weiser outscored the Pilgrims in three out of four periods. At halftime, the Wolverines held an 11 point lead at 34-23 and never relinquished it.
 New Plymouth, a 2A division school, outscored Weiser 10-5 in the fourth period, but it was not enough to cut the Wolverines lead. Weiser won the non-conference game by 15 points with the final score 55-40.
 A total of 10 Wolverines put points on the scoreboard. Ande Jensen led Weiser in scoring with 12 points. All of his baskets were three-pointers he hit from outside. Braden Bumgarner had 10 points, while Nate Lattin added eight points. 
 Tim Reed hit three fieldgoals for six points. Justin Estes hit a three-point shot and a fieldgoal for five points. Hayden Wilson-Palmer added four points. Brett Spencer and Caleb Harris each had three points and Angel Magana and Isaiah Daniel each had a bucket.
 Weiser shot a respectable 19-for-41 in field goals and 7-for-11 on free throws. In three-point shooting, the Wolverines hit almost half of the shots they attempted, going 10-for-23 on the night for 30 points.
 The Wolverines dominated the boards defensively with 25 defensive rebounds.
Weiser 39, Caldwell 43
Nov. 27 at Caldwell
 Weiser opened the 2018 hoops season on the road at Caldwell, a tough venue for visiting teams, but made the Cougars work hard for the win.
 The Wolverines kept pace with the Cougars early in the non-conference game and even outscored Caldwell in the first quarter 11-8.
 The Cougars had a better second quarter and went into the locker room at halftime up by three points with the score 22-19.
 The Wolverines added another 10 points in the third quarter and took the lead at the end of the period 29-26. Caldwell could only put four points on the scoreboard in the period.
 Caldwell’s Mannie Cabarilla contributed eight points in the fourth period for the Cougars. Caldwell put up 17 points in the final period to Weiser’s 10 points and got the win.
 Weiser hit 16 fieldgoals out of 33 attempts but didn’t do well on the three-pointers, hitting only three of 12 attempts. 
 Braden Bumgarner led the Wolverines with 12 points, followed by Tim Reed with nine points and Angel Magana with seven points. Ande Jensen contributed five points and Brett Spencer, Hayden Palmer-Wilson and Caleb Harris each had two points.


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