Three Falcons have double-digit outing

South Whidbey found its rhythm.

The Falcon boys basketball team scored 60 points in three quarters in a 70-57 rout of the Granite Falls Tigers late last week.

The Falcons took a 10-point advantage in the first quarter and led 40-24 at halftime. South Whidbey shot 56.6 percent from the field, and three Falcons scored in double digits.

“We played the most unselfish game we played all season,” said Falcon assistant head coach Ed Baran. “Our shot selection was better.”

Reserve guard Sam Lee scored a season-high 11 points. Lee comes in to relieve or split the backcourt with senior point guard TJ Russell.

“He’s better at running a wing than a point,” Baran said of Lee.

Falcon senior Riley Newman led his team with 22 points, and senior co-captain Tyler “Chuck” Norris scored 10 points in about three quarters of play. Russell scored eight points, including two three-point field goals.

South Whidbey senior reserve forward Matt Flaherty played almost half of the game and scored four points.

WIth a man-to-man defense the entire game, South Whidbey challenged the passing lanes. Granite Falls scored 32 points through the first three quarters.

“We had some defensive intensity where we were denying the ball real well and getting some steals off of it,” Baran said.

Baran was the acting head coach for South Whidbey on Friday night at Granite Falls. Head coach Henry Pope arrived 15 minutes before the game after his wife was in surgery that morning. He didn’t plan on attending the game, but his wife thought otherwise.

“She’s looking up at me, when she woke up, like, ‘What the hell are you doing here, you’ve got a team to go coach,’ so she made me leave,” Pope said.

After losing to Archbishop Murphy on Wednesday, Baran said his team wanted to go into district playoffs on a winning note.

The win pushed South Whidbey’s Cascade Conference record to 10-4 (14-6 overall). Granite Falls is last in the league at 1-13; 1-19.

South Whidbey will play Burlington-Edison High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Then the Falcons will play either Cedarcrest or Anacortes on Monday, Feb. 14.

If South Whidbey wins, it plays at Mount Vernon High School. If the Falcons lose, they play at Skagit Valley Community College. Both games will be at 6 p.m.

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