Falcons bash Braves, face unbeaten BC next / Boys basketball

After winning 87-47 at La Conner Tuesday, Dec. 17, the South Whidbey High School boys basketball team faces its toughest challenge so far this season when it travels to Bellevue Christian Friday, Dec. 20.

The Falcons are now 6-0, winning its games by an average of 36 points.

Bellevue Christian (5-0) is also undefeated and is the No. 1-ranked 1A team in the state, according to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s first RPI list of the season released Wednesday, Dec. 18.

South Whidbey is ranked 10th.

Falcon coach Greg Turcott said the BC game “should be a good test.”

The game is set to begin at 8 p.m.; the two schools’ girls varsity teams open the doubleheader at 6:30 p.m.

Much of the weight of the RPI is based on strength of schedule. The Vikings’ opponents this year have a combined 15-12 record. South Whidbey’s opponents are 10-25.

The teams have one common opponent, Bush. The Falcons thumped the Blazers 73-33; BC slipped by Bush 45-42.

South Whidbey 87, La Conner 47

The Falcons were led by Jacob Ng and Dexter Jokinen in the win over the Braves (1-4).

Ng scored a career-high 23 points, and Jokinen, coming off an unusually cool shooting night against Oak Harbor in the previous game, drilled five three-pointers on the way to scoring 19 points.

Jokinen popped in two from long range in the first period and Carson Wrightson added 4 points as South Whidbey surged to an 18-10 lead.

Jokinen sank two more three-pointers and a pair of free throws, Ng tallied 8 points and Wrightson 6 as the Falcons exploded for 28 points in the second quarter to lead 46-26 at the break.

In the third quarter, Ng tossed in 6 points and Kole Nelson sank five free throws to help push the lead to 66-37.

Ng finished off his nice night with 7 fourth-quarter points and Levi Buck hit two hoops as the Falcons wrapped up their sixth-straight win.

Wrightson ended with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Buck had 10 points, Nelson 9, Sterling Patton 6, Nick Young 4 and Cody Eager 2.

“(We) played pretty good overall,” Turcott said, noting that his team is getting scoring from many different fronts, which is a “sign of a good team.”

He added that Jokinen and Nelson both had “nice games.”

Joshua Jolly led La Conner with 13 points.