Falcon hoopers still struggling

Two days before Christmas, the South Whidbey boys basketball team was hard at work at an early morning practice session. The night before they’d overcome Steilacoom, 40-37, but Coach Andy Davis was determined that they not let their guard down.

“You guys need to be on time and ready to work, and work hard,” he told them.

His concern was palpable, for on Dec. 20 the Falcons lost to Lakewood, 57-44, South Whidbey’s second league loss.

“Our effort wasn’t where it needed to be,” Davis said. “We didn’t attack their zone and they were dropping ‘em in pretty good.”

When Duncan Adams has a bad day — two points total at Lakewood — things head south quickly.

“We just weren’t aggressive against their zone,” Davis reiterated.

Against Steilacoom, strong defense and a patient offense were the keys to victory.

“We were able to match their effort, capitalize on mistakes and score well down the stretch,” Davis said.

Adams had 15 points, Josh Gulvin seven, Chad Anderson six and Robbie Bailey five (and three steals). Gulvin led with six rebounds and the team had 36 overall to Steilacoom’s 30.

The boys are 0-2 in league play, 3-4 overall for the season.

On Dec. 27 and 28 they’ll play in a tournament in Blaine.

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