Borderites stop Falcon boys

Even with a reason to win and all the tools to do the job, South Whidbey's boys found the clock was the opponent they couldn't beat Thursday night.

With 19 seconds remaining in their first-round district playoff game against Blaine, the Falcons were close to their first postseason win in almost a decade. Two Josh Coleman free throws brought the team within one point at 57-56 and things seemed to be going their way. After Blaine blew the inbounding pass on a traveling call, the Falcons had a few seconds and a spot under their own basket.

Less than 20 seconds, a picked-off pass and one foul later, the Falcons walked out of the gymnasium at Skagit Valley College as 59-56 losers. Time was up and there was no getting this one back.

After leading at several points during the game, the Falcons did not get the result they were working for. Paced early by senior George Spivakov and later by team scoring leader Tim Gabelein, the Falcons traded blows with the Borderites all night. Down by three points after the first half, the Falcons tied the score repeatedly as they stayed no more than a couple of points behind or ahead of Blaine. The Borderites never had more than a five-point lead during the game.

Falcon Coach Andy Davis said the loss came down to little things.

"We had our chances for sure," he said.

South Whidbey's playoff future is now less certain. Scheduled to play a "loser out" game on the back side of the Northwest District 2A tournament bracket on Wednesday, the Falcons need two consecutive wins to qualify for state.

The last time the boys strung that many wins together was during December's Falcon Invitational tournament.

The Falcons will play either Lakewood or Lynden Christian in that game, depending on the results from weekend playoff games.

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