Evan Thompson / The Record Falcon junior point guard Lewis Pope looks for an opening against Bellevue Christian’s defense on Saturday night. The Falcons lost 52-40.

Boys basketball faces challenges with flimsy defense, turnovers

South Whidbey boys basketball lost to Bellevue Christian 52-40 on Saturday night at South Whidbey High School.

The loss marked the Falcons’ second consecutive loss following a 70-46 defeat to Mount Baker on Dec. 1, dropping them to 1-2 overall.

Head coach Mike Washington said that the Falcons need more scorers beyond their consistent duo in junior point guard Lewis Pope and senior forward Maxfield Friedman.

“We missed a lot of shots,” Washington said. “…We’ve still got some figuring out to do, other than Max and Lewis who are going to provide us with scoring. We need a third body.”

Friedman, who scored nine points, said the Falcons had a shot at winning Saturday but that the team did not capitalize on it.

“I’d say it’s a game where we had the opportunities, we just didn’t utilize all the chances that we had,” Friedman said. “We got a little lackadaisical at the end with our defense and a few times when we rushed some shots on offense.”

Pope elaborated on Friedman’s sentiment about the defense, adding that mental lapses allowed the Vikings to score on easy layups.

The two biggest keys for future success are better overall energy on the court and reducing turnovers while in scoring range, Friedman said.

“If we can get those two kinks out, I think the rest will kind of just settle in,” he said.

The Falcons played Sultan on Tuesday night after The Record’s deadline.

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