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Boys basketball: Poulsen powers Galena past Hug

12:00 AM, Dec. 14, 2012 EST

Galena's EJ Poulsen shoots over Hug's Sam Williams during their game on Thursday at the Wild West Shootout. / Tom Smedes/Special to RGJ

Galena's EJ Poulsen was happy to get the win three nights ago against Douglas but he wasn't the least bit pleased with his own performance.

Hug took the brunt of that displeasure Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-9 behemoth of a senior scored 12 points in opening quarter en route to a game-high 21 as the Grizzlies handed Hug its first defeat with a 69-57 victory in the first round of the Wild West Shootout at Bishop Manogue.

"I came out very motivated, a lot more motivated. I was very ready to play this game," Poulsen said.

The Galena center scored his team's first 10 points and all but two of the Grizzlies' 14 in the opening period.

"It's nice to get off to a good start and try to get as many points on the board as possible in the first quarter," Poulsen said. "Just get things rolling and get the momentum going."

Poulsen asserted himself again in the third quarter when Galena pushed its lead to 17.

"He was mad at himself for the Douglas game," Galena coach Brian Voyles said. "He wasn't moving quick enough. He wasn't looking to score enough. He was champing at the bit for this game. I liked his attitude coming into this one."

Max Erickson added 13 points and Caleb Wood had 12 for the Grizzlies (4-0), who took an eight-point lead into halftime and then stretched it to almost 20 in the third quarter.

Galena will face Manogue at 5 p.m. today while Hug will play Mountain View (Ariz.) in the Shootout's second round.

"I'd say we gave away about 22 points just on missed layups in the first half," Hawks coach Keith Crawford said. "Then there were the unforced turnovers. It just wasn't our 'A' effort. ... They have their size, but we have our speed and quickness and I don't think we used that. At times it looked like Galena was faster than Hug."

Sam Williams led Hug (5-1) with 17 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Masaki Nayayama chipped in 10.

"It's always fun playing against Hug because Sam Williams is such a good athlete," Poulsen said. "But the size was definitely to our advantage in this game."

The matchup was Voyles' first against the Hug program he coached for 10 years. Crawford was one of his assistant coaches during that time. But the win did not have any extra meaning, Voyles said.

When the two teams meet again Tuesday at Hug, however, it will be a different story.

"The Tuesday game will have some importance to it because it's a league game, and it'll be at Hug," Voyles said. "I'll be sitting on a side of the court I never sat on before. That will kind of be a weird moment for me."




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