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Falcons fly high

The Falcon boys basketball offense was in top form Tuesday night, overcoming Port Townsend's tepid defense 50-37.

The boys are now 1-1 in the Cascade Conference standings.

"We really played as a team," said senior Falcon Josh Gulvin.

"It seemed the Redskin offense was pretty timid and they weren't able to execute as well as we did," he said.

Timid in the first half perhaps, but the Falcon scoring stalled in the second and Port Townsend went shot for shot almost to game's end. It gave the South Whidbey squad a bit of a scare.

"Duncan Adams and Josh Gulvin were fouled out in the fourth quarter, and they started to put some serious pressure on us," said Coach Andy Davis.

"I was very pleased, however, with how we started the game. Port Townsend has a new coach and we weren't sure what to expect," he added.

Robbie Bailey and Eric Stallman stood in for the benched duo and performed like veterans.

Another key was rebounding -- the Falcons picked up 34 to the Redskin's 19, a big improvement over the previous week's defeat at Coupeville. The general rule is that the South Whidbey offensive rebounding goal is 40 percent while holding opponents to less than 33 percent.

Adams led with 15 points and one three-pointer. Gulvin had 11 and also one from outside the zone, Ian Ward and Blake Bailey both picked up seven.

The team's free throw percentage suffered by comparison, however -- 53 percent to Port Townsend's 72 percent.

Today at 5 p.m. in Erickson Gym, South Whidbey hosts the Sequim Wolves, another team with a new coach.

"They beat us there last year and we'd like to return the favor," Davis said.

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