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One down, one up.
Continuing their trend of breaking even, the Falcon boys basketball team split a pair of games on either side of the weekend, dropping a physical 52-43 home matchup to Lakewood Friday, then snapping back to take out Archbishop Murphy 43-39 on the road.
Mondays game followed a pattern that is becoming typical for South Whidbey. After keeping a relatively even pace with the Wildcats on their home turf, the Falcons used their ability to score at the foul line and late field goals to bury the opposition in the fourth quarter.
Getting started with a meager, 13-point first half, the Falcons took a lot of hits early. The teams two anchor players, Dustin Sidhu and Tanner McInerney, were sitting on the bench midway through the half as each picked up two fouls. Meanwhile, the Wildcats built a small, four-point lead to take into halftime.
With their possessions similarly limited in the second half, the Falcons had to be near perfect. And they were. On the night, they turned the ball over only 11 times, keeping control the few times the ball came their way. Then, with Sidhu and McInerney back in the game, South Whidbey upped the tempo. Sidhu would go on to score all of his 12 points for the game in the second half. Then, coming down the stretch in a 20-11 fourth quarter, senior Matt Parrick kept scoring production high as he went 6-for-6 at the free-throw line on his way to a 10-point night.
As a team, the Falcons were 13-for-22 at the line, versus Archbishop Murphys 7-for-14 night. Neither team shot particularly well from the field, with the Falcons finishing 13-for-36 to the Wildcats 16-for-26.
Fridays game had the Falcons more off balance. Against a physically tough Lakewood team, South Whidbey succumbed to the pressure of a solid press offense. Though the Falcons stayed close through the first three quarters of basketball, they never had the spark to close the two-point deficit at the half or a three-point deficit going into the fourth quarter.
Though the Falcons held the advantage in free throws, making 9-of-14 as the Cougars earned just four trips to the line, turnovers killed any advantage they had. Coughing up the ball 20 times, South Whidbey simply didnt get many chances at the basket.
Falcon coach Andy Davis said the second half of the game was not the best ball his team has played this season. He did, however, emphasize the positive.
In the first half, the guys played pretty well, he said.
Dustin Sidhu lead all South Whidbey scorers, putting up 14 points on the night.
The Falcons are now 4-8 overall and 2-3 in the Cascade Conference.