It was a full moon and the Okaw Valley Timberwolves were howling over their two wins against Windsor in JV and varsity basketball. The Okaw JV came in with a 30-21 win and the varsity continues to roll, taking their game 71-46. After a slow 6-3 start early in their season, the varsity T’Wolves extend their winning streak to 17 in a row and are 23-3 on the season and 10-1 in Conference.

Dustin Berry applied the hammer for the T’Wolves, knocking down a game-high 23 points including three treys.

Okaw had three other players in the double numbers; Dustin Yoder hit for 14, with two treys; Matt Utsler came in with 12 points, and Zack Brewer pumped in 12.

But the trey-master of the night was Windsor’s Andrew Bullock with four and a total of 16 points, coming in second to top gun for the Blue Devils, Ace Camfield with 17 points and two longballs. Camfield was flawless from the foul line, hitting 9-9 to give Windsor a rare 100 percent at the stripe. Windsor is an up-and-coming program and will return next year loaded with seven seniors, including top scorers Camfield and Bullock.

Matt Utsler took the opening ball straight to the hoop and Evan Drummond hit an early longball to give Windsor a 5-4 lead, but Zack Brewer hit from inside and Channing Foster added a layup to take Okaw back out front, 8-5. Dustin Berry put on a power move inside to take the layup for Okaw, 10-7, but Jacob MacIlwain sank a long two for the Blue Devils to get back in at 10-9. But Dustin Berry put some distance on the board with another shot for two, followed by a trey. Matt Utsler added a free shot to give Okaw Valley a 16-9 lead after one period of play.

The second period opened up with a series of longshots. Berry struck first for Okaw, followed by one from Andew Bullock for Windsor. Yoder followed up with another from downtown for Okaw, 22-15. Utsler hit again for Okaw and the T’Wolves moved ahead 26-15. Evan Drummond posted up for a Devil deuce and Camfield went to the line for two, with his patented backspin free throw. All Camfield’s free throws have a lot of backspin and it seems to work.

But the Timberwolf offense continued to prowl the court. Brewer took an alley oop straight to the net and returned for a layup on the next play. Camfield got a chance to sink three at the line and he hit them with ease and then got a steal on the Okaw inbounds and took it to the bank. But with 2:22 left in the first half, the Blue Devils still trailed Okaw by eight. Despite Camfield’s verve at the line and on the court, Yoder hit for a trey and Berry picked and grinned all the way to the hoop for Okaw to take them back out front 38-26 at the end of the first half.

Okaw led off in the third with five unanswered points to go to 45-26. MacIlwain hit a solo bucket for Windsor to stop the bleeding, but only momentarily. The Blue Devils stalled out at 28 points while the T’Wolves went on another six-point gambit with two from Yoder, and four from Utsler, the player coach Reynolds calls his “most improved player.” Andrew Bullock came to life and knocked down a trey for Windsor, but Foster hit from underneath to keep the T’Wolves out front at 53-31. Brewer hit a turn-around jumper for Windsor with 25 seconds left in the third, but Okaw held a 10-point edge, 53-33 going into the fourth.

Utsler led off for Okaw with two free shots and Brandon Caudill drove the lane for a Windsor two. Utsler hit again underneath; Brewer nailed a basket and also sank two at the line to take Okaw up 61-35. Camfield posted up for a trey for Windsor, but Berry came in with a flying layup for Okaw. Camfield returned to his spot on the floor and nailed another from long distance to get the Blue Devils to 66-41. Bullock also found the range on a long shot but the T’Wolves just had too much on the ball and and on the board, taking the game 71-46.

Windsor goes to 5-16 on the season and Okaw improves to 23-3. The Timberwolves (10-1 conf.) will next host conference rival Arcola (9-1 conf.) on Tuesday.

Okaw Valley-16 22 15 18—71

Windsor-9 17 7 13—46

Scoring: For Okaw Valley- Yoder 14 pts, (2 FG, 2-3’s, 4 FT); *Berry 23 pts, (7 FG, 3-3’s); Foster 8 pts, (4 FG); Utsler 13 pts, (5 FG, 3 FT); Brewer 12 pts, (5 FG, 2 FT); Wood, (FT).

For Windsor- Ty Warner (FG); Drummond 5 pts, (FG, 1-3); *Camfield 17 pts, (FG, 2-3’s, 9 FT); Bullock 16 pts, (2 FG, 4-3’s); Caudill (FG); MacIlwain (2 FG).

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In the JV matchup, Windsor JV found themselves up against some redwoods underneath the basket. Clint Schlosser, Andrew Fultz and Dustin Suddarth, dominated the boards, giving the T’Wolves three and four chances for the rebound and return. Schlosser is the big man in the middle for Okaw, who is hard to box out. Schlosser had the game high of 14 points and scored all seven for Okaw in the first period. Fultz had six, Rhodes hit for four and Crawley and Robertson had two each. Tyson Warner led the Windsor attack with nine, followed by MacIlwain with seven and Trimble with five.

But despite Okaw’s ‘towers of power,’ Windsor outscored in the first period, 10-7 on a hoop and trey by Ty Warner and double hits and a free throw from Jacob MacIlwain.

But almost everybody on the Okaw team got into the act in the second, with single hoops coming from Josh Rhodes, Josh Robertson and Dustin Suddarth. Andrew Fultz and Clint Schlosser hit for double buckets each and held the Blue Devils to only three points, a lone trey by Trimble. Robertson hit a final basket at the buzzer to close out the first half with Okaw holding an eight point lead, 21-13.

In the third period, Okaw stayed on top with a basket each from Fultz and Schlosser. Windsor matched their four with hoops from Warner and Trimble, but gained no ground. At the end of three, the score had changed but the song remained the same—Okaw still held an eight-point lead, 25-17 headed into the fourth.

Warner hit another basket in the fourth joined by a floor shot by MacIlwain for another Windsor four. But Okaw answered with five; a hoop each from Rhodes and C.J. Crawley and free throw by Schlosser. The big second period run of 14 points carried the Timberwolves through the end, winning the game from the scrappy Blue Devils, 30-21.

Okaw Valley-7 14 4 5—30

Windsor-10 3 4 4—21

Scoring: For Okaw Valley-Rhodes (2 FG); Robertson (FG); Crawley (FG); Fultz (3 FG); Suddarth (FG); *Schlosser 14 pts, (6 FG, 2 FT). For Windsor: MacIlwain 7 pts, (3 FG, FT); Trimble 5 pts, (trey, FG); *Warner 9 pts, (trey, 3 FG).

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