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Wolves beat Gabbs, 93-43

Donnie Nelson

It was well worth the wait.

The Coleville High School boys basketball team won its first game in nearly two years Saturday when it beat host Gabbs, 93-43, in a Class A Northern Division contest.

And, the Wolves won in grand fashion. They scored 44 points and only allowed four points in the fourth quarter, both amazing feats for a team looking for its first win in recent memory. Finally, a lot of nightmares were put to rest.

“My main concern all season has been that they have fun,” Coleville coach Gerry Gall said. “They’ve walked off the court after each (previous) game with a loss. I would not say they were happy, but they had smiles.

“Now, they’re fired up and ready to go. I want them to realize they have to stay humble. We have a pretty tough road ahead,” Gall added.

Coleville is scheduled to play host to McDermitt on Friday and play at Virginia City on Saturday, two of the top teams in the league.

The teams showed no prior indication of what was to transpire in the fourth quarter. Coleville led 33-30 at halftime and 49-39 after three periods. The Wolves trailed by as many as 12 points in the opening five minutes.

But, the Wolves put it all together in the final eight minutes.

“We really took them to school,” Gall said of the 44-4 run.

Junior guards Jim Lewallen and Derrick Reiser led the Wolves with 26 points and 17 points, respectively.

“Jimmy played like he was possessed,” Gall said. “And, Derrick also had five assists.”

Sophomore center Ryan Hysell came off the bench to record 13 points and 18 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards. Hysell, along with sophomore reserve forward Josh Allen, who had 13 rebounds, were instrumental in turning the momentum around in the first quarter.

“Hysell played one heck of a game, the best he’s ever played,” Gall said. “They’re (Gabbs) a tough team, but what got them in the end was their (lack of) depth.

“We pretty much got all of the offensive and defensive boards,” Gall added. “We got 15 steals in the fourth quarter, which really blew the game wide open.”

Other keys in Coleville’s victory, according to Gall, were effective three-point shooting and a tenacious full-court press.

“I’m finding I have to have more faith in them,” Gall said. “The constant press, it drove them nuts. I didn’t really think they could do it, but they did and I’m proud of them. It took them to tell me they could do it. It was pretty fun.”

Two seasons is a long time to wait for a win, but Gall sees more wins on the horizon. The Wolves will play host to Gabbs on Feb.14.

“They’re starting to think…they can step up and do it, and do it in a big way,” Gall said. “I want them to go out on the court and play for the love of the game.”