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Timberwolf Boys End Year 15-7

The Exeter-Milligan boys basketball team ended its 2011-2012 with a pair of games in the D1-1 Sub-district tournament played at Wilber-Clatonia High School on February 21-23.

The Timberwolves opened play in Wilber with a 64-44 victory over Diller-Odell. E-M led the contest only 27-24 at intermission but exploded for 23 points in the third stanza to blow the contest wide open.

The Timberwolves had three players in double figures—Jalen Maxson, 15, and Nolan White and Brady Bristol, both with 11. Kyle Jensen netted six points and James Sluka tossed in five. Both Derek Luzum and Quinten Loontjer scored four points and Blake Mark and Robert Harre added three points each. Garrett Pribyl added a bucket.

E-M outscored the Griffins 37-20 in the second half. The Timberwolves shot an impressive 55.3-percent from the floor and outrebounded their opponents, 30-21.

In the sub-district final, E-M fell to state-rated Pawnee City, 64-42. The Indians (the No. 3 seed in this week's NSAA State Basketball Tournament) raced out to a 28-19 halftime advantage and extended that lead after a 19-6 third-quarter performance.

White tossed in a dozen points in the contest and Bristol added 11. Maxson netted seven points and Pribyl added six points. Alex Benorden scored four points and Jensen added a bucket.

E-M shot 38.7-percent in the contest and nailed six 3-point baskets. The 15-7 Timberwolves were also a solid 12-for-16 from the charity stripe. The 23-3 Indians had the rebound advantage in the game, 22-20, and converted 48-percent of their shots including cashing in on eight 3-pointers. PC also forced 21 turnovers and tallied 11 steals.