Suffering through a poor night offensively, the South Whidbey High School boys basketball team lost 55-42 at Cedar Park Christian Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The loss knocked the Falcons out of an opportunity to earn a share of the North Sound Conference title. Had South Whidbey (7-2, 15-4) won, it had a shot to tie King’s (6-0, 10-9) for the league championship with a win over the Knights in the regular-season finale at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Langley.
Regardless of the outcome of the King’s game, South Whidbey will enter the district tournament as the North Sound Conference’s No. 2 team.
The Falcons will open the eight-team, double-elimination tournament at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at home against the Northwest Conference’s No. 3 seed Nooksack Valley (9-11).
The second round is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the higher seed. The winner and loser of the South Whidbey/Nocksack Valley game will meet its counterpart from the match between NWC No. 1 seed Lynden Christian (15-4) and North Sound No. 4 seed Sultan (5-14).
The district tournament wraps up Feb. 15, and the top five teams earn berths into the bi-district tournament.
Cedar Park Christian 55, South Whidbey 42
All four of the Falcons’ losses this year have come on the road. In those losses, South Whidbey averaged just 42.5 points per game. The Falcons average 75 points in their wins.
No South Whidbey player scored in double figures at Cedar Park Christian (7-3, 13-7).
The Eagles jumped on the Falcons for an 18-9 first-quarter lead and increased their advantage through the next two periods. CPC led 32-15 at the half and 47-26 after three quarters.
Seven different Falcons tallied in the fourth quarter as South Whidbey outscored Cedar Park Christian 16-8, but the difference wasn’t enough to overcome the deep deficit.
Sterling Patton led South Whidbey in scoring with 8 points. Dexter Jokinen and Levi Buck had 7, Carson Wrightson 5, Nick Young 4, Kole Nelson 4, Cody Eager 2, Jacob Ng 1 and Luke Rookstool 1.
The Eagles had three players score in double figures, led by Luke Allen with 14.