Junior Falcon basketball boys bruise way over Burlington

  • Wed Mar 11th, 2015 3:26pm
  • Sports

Blaine LeRoy (22) fights for a loose ball during a Junior Falcon basketball game against Arlington on Feb. 28. The South Whidbey seventh/eighth-grade boys team finished with a league-best 6-2 record in regular season games and had a bye in the first round of the Skagit Tulip Tournament on March 7.

The South Whidbey Junior Falcons boys basketball team split their final regular-season games in a doubleheader Saturday.

South Whidbey’s seventh and eighth-grade squad secured the top seed in the upcoming weekend Skagit Tulip Tournament by winning the nightcap against Burlington.

In the opening game against Arlington, South Whidbey rallied from a 10-point deficit to force overtime. The game-tying shot was set up by a hook shot from Blaine Leroy, a layup by Kole Nelson and Kody Newman’s drive to the hoop and pass to Dexter Jokinen in the corner for a three-pointer at the buzzer. Arlington pulled ahead in the extra time to win 31-28.

South Whidbey head coach Erik Jokinen praised the team’s accomplishments in an email, highlighting a standout player.

“MVP (most valuable player) for the day goes to Levi Buck who not (only) pulled down more rebounds than anyone else on the team, but also found himself finding many great assists leading to much of the scoring for the day,” Jokinen said.

The Junior Falcons took down Burlington 32-25 in the nightcap of the two-game day. Playing with only a six-player rotation, South Whidbey’s Junior Falcons stepped up. Wyatt Demers led in assists against Burlington and made five field goals.