Published Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm / Updated at 9:59 pm
Top-seeded Twin River rolls to finals

CENTRAL CITY — Twin River’s point guard Izak Wilcynski is listed as just 5-foot-9 in the official program, but he plays much bigger, as the senior led the Titans to a 42-30 comeback win over Shelby/Rising City in semifinal action of the Class C-2, Subdistrict 6 tournament.

Wilcynski led the Titans with 10 points (including the first six of the game, on long 3-pointers), 11 rebounds, and five assists and drew accolades from his head coach Tod Heier.

"Izak is just a hard-working tough kid who does a lot of things well," Heier said. "We’ve been after him to shoot the ball more in our offense, and he stepped up tonight early and did so hitting the first two 3’s. But what he really does well is lead us on the floor running our offense, and making sure we’re in the right defense. He’s such a bull that he’s a really good rebounder as well."

Twin River hardly had a walk-over in the game, as the Titans seemed to go flat after scoring the first three times down the court, and were able to take just a 16-15 lead into the locker room, where Heier and his coaching staff went to work.

"Maybe it was too easy for us early," Heier said. "We hit those 3’s, and our guys kind of relaxed in the first half, we didn’t seem to have much energy, and we stopped running the floor and playing good defense, thankfully we were able to address some things at halftime."

Shelby/Rising City would come out in the third quarter and play like gangbusters, as senior Nick Schindel scored on a layup and dished off to Josh Garcia for another layup to give the Huskies a 24-21 lead, but Twin River dominated the rest of the contest as they scored 13 straight points to take a 34-24 lead and salt the game away.

Marshall Glock led the Huskies in scoring with eight points.

Twin River 42, Shelby/Rising City 30

Nelson 3-5 0-0 6, Luke Wilcynski 0-4 0-0 0, Hagerbaumer 1-1 0-0 3, Izak Wilcynski 4-7 0-2 10, Cave 3-10 0-0 6, Cromwell 4-7 0-0 8, Connelly 0-0 0-0 0, Euse 2-6 0-0 6, Preister 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-42 0-2 42.

Perry 2-7 0-0 4, Glock 3-6 0-1 8, Grossnicklaus 1-7 0-0 2, Schindel 2-7 2-2 6, Kuhnel 1-3 0-0 2, Steager 1-2 0-0 2, Garcia 3-6 0-0 6, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Rathman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-39 2-3 30.

Twin River (19-6) 11 5 12 14—42
Shelby/Rising City (8-15) 7 8 6 9—30

3-point shots—TR 8-14 (Nelson 3-4, L. Wilcynski 0-1, I. Wilcynski 2-3, Euse 2-4, Preister 0-1, Hagerbaumer 1-1) S/RC 2-7 (Perry 0-2, Glock 2-4, Grossnicklaus 0-1). Rebounds—TR 23 (I. Wilcynski 11) S/RC 22 (Perry 6, Schindel 6). Assists—TR 14 (I. Wilcynski 5) S/RC 6 (Perry, Schindel 2). Turnovers—TR 12, S/RC 17. Team Fouls—TR 4, S/RC 1. Fouled Out—None. Technicals—None.

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