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Bad handles lose Falcon boys third in a row

By BEN WATANABE
South Whidbey Record Sports, Langley, South Whidbey Fire/EMS
December 9, 2012 · Updated 4:53 PM
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Nick French, seen here working in the paint against Friday Harbor on Dec. 1, battled for eight points against Seattle Academy on Wednesday in a loss. / Ben Watanabe / Record file

For almost every two-point shot South Whidbey made, it made one turnover against Seattle Academy. The Falcon boys fell to the Cardinals, 66-40, for their third loss in a row.

“They’re a well-coached team, they run their stuff well,” said starting forward Nick French.

“We just kind of shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers and bad shots.”

Seattle Academy sprinted to a 39-16 lead at halftime and never let up.

South Whidbey failed to post a double-digit scorer against Seattle Academy, a 1A team in the Emerald City League. Falcon sophomore forward Mo Hamsa scored a team-high nine points. French followed at eight. South Whidbey’s next-highest scorers were starting senior point guard Sam Turpin and reserve junior Nick Bennett, each with five points.

“We just needed to execute our offense,” French said of the Falcons’ scoring woes.

“If we run our offense and execute it right, we’ll get good shots. We’ve got guys that can make those (perimeter) shots in their sleep.”

The Falcons allowed only one Cardinal to post double digits, Elliot Frank with 11 points.

South Whidbey rolled into the Cascade Conference season against King’s at home Friday, after the Record went to press. French vowed fans would see a new-look team, one with more fight, the rest of the season.

“You can expect a new team to come out. We’re going to have a lot more intensity,” French said.

“We’re really zoned in right now, especially after practice Thursday.”

Seattle Academy (3-0 overall) defeated King’s earlier this season, 50-45. The Cardinals are one of three 1A teams in Washington that boasted a 3-0 record, according to maxpreps.com.

“King’s probably doesn’t expect much from us,” French said. “We want to prove them wrong.”

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