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Falcon boys hoops season put on the ropes
Facing the season’s end, South Whidbey’s boys basketball team will have one more shot Wednesday to keep playing.
The Falcons fell to the Meridian Trojans 76-62 on Monday in the first round of the 1A District 1 boys basketball tournament at Meridian High School. It was the second time this season Meridian manhandled South Whidbey; the first was the season-opener, a 59-43 victory on the Falcons’ court.
Losing came with a silver lining of sorts. South Whidbey (4-10 Cascade Conference, 5-15 overall) will host Nooksack Valley (0-12 Northwest Conference, 0-21 overall) at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.
South Whidbey failed to capitalize on decent nights from its top scorers. Junior Parker Collins scored a game-high 24 points, including four three-pointers, and senior Brandon Asay added 14 points.
Meridian (6-6 Northwest Conference, 12-10 overall) took a lead in the first quarter and stretched it to a 38-31 halftime advantage. The Trojans grounded the Falcons to 13 points in the third quarter while stretching their lead to 55-44.
Both teams favored outside shots. South Whidbey scored 10 three-point field goals; Meridian hit 11, including three from Alex Martin, who scored a team-high 21 points.
It was the Falcons’ fourth loss in a row, which came on the heels of South Whidbey’s first winning streak of the season.
South Whidbey lost its last Cascade Conference game of the season in a rout to Granite Falls, 91-77. It was the most points South Whidbey allowed in a game all season, but was also the most points South Whidbey scored in a single game.
The Tigers may have roared past the Falcons behind 11 three-pointers, but they allowed Collins to score a game-high 27 points. Whereas South Whidbey found success from beyond the three-point arc in other games, it cost them dearly against Granite Falls. The Falcons scored only two three-pointers in their final league game, both from senior CJ Sutfin.
South Whidbey’s boys basketball team will host a loser-out 1A District 1 tournament game at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at South Whidbey High School.
The Falcons host the Nooksack Valley Pioneers, who have not won a game.