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Anemic offense dooms Falcons against tenacious Knights

Nate Hanson, a Falcon senior, tries to find room for a shot against the King’s Knights on Tuesday night. South Whidbey was blown out in the conference opener.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Nate Hanson, a Falcon senior, tries to find room for a shot against the King’s Knights on Tuesday night. South Whidbey was blown out in the conference opener.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Few things went well for the Falcon boys basketball team against the King’s Knights on Tuesday.

Passes were off, defensive lapses occurred, and the Falcons couldn’t hit an outside shot in the 68-31 loss, South Whidbey’s highest point differential this season.

“We had turnovers and gave up easy baskets,” said Falcon senior Brandon Asay, who led South Whidbey with 13 points. “They’re a great team as is, the least we can do is force them to make hard shots, but we gave them a lot of easy shots around the basket.”

From the outset, King’s controlled the pace at South Whidbey High School. The Knights charged to a 20-9 lead by the first quarter, led by leading scorer Calvin Kispert’s 16 points.

South Whidbey’s defense found some of its backbone in the second quarter, holding King’s to 12 points. But the Falcons’ offense, a concern noted by head coach Scott Collins after the three previous losses, was on full display against the tenacious Knights’ defense. Using a zone defense and a full-court trap defense, the Knights corralled the Falcons into several turnovers before halftime that led to quick points for the visiting team.

“Whoever got the ball, they trapped,” said Falcon sophomore Ricky Muzzy, the team’s main ball handler.

Scoring didn’t become any easier in the second half for South Whidbey; but it seemed to for King’s. South Whidbey committed 21 turnovers.

The Falcons were held to six points in the third quarter while the Knights surged to 24 points and a 56-24 lead. Asay credited King’s offense, which picked apart the Falcons’ zone defense and found backdoor cuts for open layups.

Off to an 0-4 start on the season, South Whidbey opened Cascade Conference play with a loss against King’s, one of the other two 1A schools in the league.

South Whidbey must regroup quickly from Friday’s game at Cedarcrest for a crucial bout at Coupeville on Dec. 17. The winner will have position for the second seed from the Cascade Conference in the district playoffs.

 

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