Boys basketball: Perfect 1st quarter leads Timberwolves over Royals

SHABBONA – The Indian Creek boys’ basketball team rode a perfect first quarter to rout Hinckley-Big Rock, 83-53.

The Timberwolves jumped all over the Royals, going 13 for 13 from the field and 3 for 3 from the free-throw line in the first quarter, scoring 29 points to the Royals 11.

“That can happen sometimes where one shot goes in and they get a little confidence,” Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said. “We’ve got some nice height that we start off with, so sometimes we can use that to get our offense going. The good thing is we also have guys who can knock down the three. Sometimes when all those things are working, we can be pretty good offensively.”

Indian Creek junior Connor Todd scored 12 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter to put the game out of reach for the Royals (2-4, 0-1)

Senior big man Nolan Govig also filled up the stat sheet for the Timberwolves (4-1, 1-0) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, including eight points in the decisive first period.

“It feels great. It’s always great to come out to a good start against a good, tough conference opponent in Hinckley. It felt good to have a head start on them,” Govig said.

The Timberwolves missed their first shot of the second quarter, but continued to roll as they scored 27 points in the second quarter to open up a 56-24 lead at the half.

“They’re probably the best team in the conference and one of the better teams in the area. One, we can’t let them shoot open shots because they’re going to knock them down every time. Two, we just weren’t executing defensively,” Royals’ coach Seth Sanderson said. “We just weren’t ready for how well they were going to shoot.”

Tate Sanderson led the Royals with 13 points.

By the numbers: For the Timberwolves, Cooper Larson had 10 points, Jack Milostan had nine points and two steals, and Joe Wilson had four points, three rebounds, and three blocks. For the Royals, Spencer Brown had nine points and Grant Kuppler and Brian Bohannon each had six.

Beyond the stats: Each of the first three quarters ended on a buzzer beater, twice by Indian Creek’s Nolan Govig and once by Hinckley-Big Rock’s Seth Misukanis.

They said it: “We worked on that [communication] a lot this week, trying to understand where the match up might be for us on offense and if we can get each other open we can get easy shots that way,” Indian Creek coach Joe Piekarz said.

Up next: Indian Creek will play in the Eastland Shootout at Lanark High School at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Hinckley-Big Rock will host Yorkville Christian on Tuesday.