PENDLETON — Blue Mountain’s fast break offense had plenty of chances to get out and run as the Timberwolves raced past Fairchild Air Force Base 124-65 on Friday in their season opener.
Six Timberwolves reached double digits in scoring and BMCC never trailed while turning 24 Fairchild turnovers into 42 points the other way. The T-Wolves crossed the century mark with more than 10 minutes left in the second half.
“There was a lot of good things, obviously,” said BMCC coach Adam Ellis. “You don’t win game like that if you’re not doing a lot of good things. It was good for these guys to just kind of get the jitters out, and that was a good game for us to do that.”
BMCC freshman D’Quan Crockett threw down a trio of dunks and led the T-Wolves with 29 points, five steals and three assists.
He said his key coming into the game was just being aggressive.
“Getting to the bucket as many times as I felt like I needed to, getting to the free throw line,” he said. “And on defense my main focus was getting a lot of tips, setting other guys up to get some fast breaks. Everything to help the team win on defense was what mindset was.”
Freshman Jared Mathews added a double-double coming off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
“He’s going to be a very talented kid,” Ellis said of Mathews. “He’s still kind of trying to transition into understanding offenses and defenses, but one he gets the hang of that I think he’s going to be a real tough kid in this league.”
Isaiah Harris scored 16 points, Luke Meyers had 13, Jared Schultz added 12 and Tyler Thurman chipped in 11 to round out BMCC’s double-digit scorers. La’Quan Hawkins added nine points, a team-high four assists and three steals.
Blue Mountain led 66-38 at halftime and shot 51-of-98 (52 percent) from the field. They shot 61 percent in the second half.
“They didn’t settle, they continued to push on the gas,” Ellis said. “That’s a good sign.”
The T-Wolves also outrebounded Fairchild 64-36 with 29 offensive boards. Mathews’ 10 was a team-high but Crockett added eight and Meyers had seven.
“That’s our most important thing, is rebounding and boxing out, that’s what wins games,” Crockett said.
Conrad Ritchie led Fairchild with 16 points but fouled out early in the second half.
The Falcons were admittedly not the toughest opponent BMCC could have scheduled for its opener, and made several ill-advised cross-court passes, but found some soft spots in the T-Wolves defense for some easy buckets.
“We reached a lot of our goals but we didn’t get some of them so we’ve got to go back and make sure we’re cleaning some stuff up,” Ellis said.
Ellis is sure today’s game against Edmonds at Mosby Court will be a much tougher test.
“We’ve got to be ready to go,” he said. “This’ll be the big-time welcome to the NWAC. Edmonds is a really successful team … and they’ll catch you if you’re not taking care of business.”
Tip-off is at 4 p.m.
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