COTTON- Ely sophomore Joey Bianco exploded for 39 points and nine rebounds as he helped lead the Timberwolves to an 84-58 rout of Lakeview Christian, Tuesday night. While Ely struggled with shooting …
COTTON- Ely sophomore Joey Bianco exploded for 39 points and nine rebounds as he helped lead the Timberwolves to an 84-58 rout of Lakeview Christian, Tuesday night.
While Ely struggled with shooting at times, Bianco’s hot hand helped the Wolves build a 39-23 lead by the break. The Wolves put it all together in the second half, eventually burying the Lions on their own turf.
“We played well overall, but at times we did not shoot or defend like I know we can,” said Head Coach Tom McDonald.
Adding to Bianco’s stellar night, Harry Simons tallied 16 points, along with five rebounds.
The blow out “W” against Lakeview Christian followed an 82-71 home-court win against Mesabi East last Friday. Ely had a one-point lead going into the locker room, but again, the Timberwolves put the pedal to the medal and finished strong.
“I thought we shot and defended better in the second half, especially after our sluggish first-half,” said McDonald. “We had 10 first-half turnovers, which definitely contributed to our slow start. We only had three turnovers in the second-half, which allowed us to take the lead and hang on for the win,” said McDonald.
Emmett Faltesek came to play for the Wolves as he was the leading scorer with 23 points. Bianco was like a Swiss Army knife, scoring 20 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Simons had a nice display with 20 points, while Brock Latourell added 11 points and Will Davies had nine rebounds.
The Timberwolves will face Mt. Iron-Buhl on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:15 pm.