Dominant Linsky leads Northwood
Irvine – Jake Linsky had another big night for Northwood’s boys basketball team in a Pacific Coast League game against Woodbridge on Friday night.
The 6-foot-7 senior scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, leading the Timberwolves to a 67-47 victory at Northwood. The win helped Northwood stay atop the league standings with Beckman. Both teams are 3-0 in league play.
Linsky led the way, but Northwood coach Tim O’Brien pointed out there was another key factor.
“We played good team defense and Jake Linsky was a tough matchup,” O’Brien said.
Northwood (15-5 overall) also got solid offensive production from Akshay Harishankar (11 points, two 3-pointers), Jacob Huynh (10 points) and Devin Owens (8 points).
The Timberwolves took a while to get going. They held a one-point lead after one quarter, but behind Linsky’s 11-point effort in the second quarter, outscored Woodbridge, 16-7, to take a 36-26 halftime lead.
The Timberwolves came out strong in the third quarter, outscoring Woodbridge, 13-4, to take control of the game.
“Team defense was key, especially in the second and third quarters,” said Linsky.
“We knew Jake was going to get his; he’s the best player in the league,” Woodbridge coach John Halagan said. “We just wanted to do a better job of not giving up the arc to their other shooters and we didn’t do that. They hit six 3s by guys not named Linksy.”
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