Propelled by a high-octane offense, the South Whidbey High School boys basketball team raced by Sultan and Orcas Island over the weekend.
Falling just short of the century mark, the Falcons won 96-56 in their North Sound Conference opener at Sultan Friday, Jan. 3. The next day, South Whidbey swamped visiting Orcas Island 85-46.
In a showdown of two of the league’s best teams, South Whidbey (1-0, 8-2) travels to King’s (1-0, 5-7) for a 6:45 p.m. game Tuesday, Jan. 7.
South Whidbey 96, Sultan 56
The Falcons scored 25 or more points in each of the first three periods to stampede Sultan.
South Whidbey led 25-14, 52-29 and 78-42 at the quarter breaks.
Two Falcons scored more than 20 points — Sterling Patton had 26 and Nick Young 20 — and another, Dexter Jokinen, tallied 18. Carson Wrightson had 10, Levi Buck 9, Kole Nelson 8, Jacob Ng 6 and Luke Rookstool 4.
Austin Wood registered 16 for the Turks (0-1, 1-8).
South Whidbey 85, Orcas Island 46
The Falcons blitzed the Vikings from the get-go, zipping to leads of 10-0 and 15-1. South Whidbey finished the opening period up 19-6, getting 5 points from Young, including a three-pointer, and three-balls from Jokinen and Patton.
Patton tacked on 11 second-quarter points, draining a trio of threes along the way, as the Falcons built a 44-21 lead at halftime.
South Whidbey nailed eight of its 11 three-pointers in the opening half.
Wrightson dominated the paint in the third quarter while scoring 12 points, and the Falcons added to their lead, 64-36.
For the second time in two days, South Whidbey finished with two 20-point scorers — Patton racked up 23 points and Wrightson 20. Young chipped in with 15, Buck 8, Ng 7, Jokinen 6, Rookstool 4 and Nelson 2.
Wrightson also had 10 rebounds, and Patton collected eight boards and five assists.
Freshman Diego Lago hit five three-pointers and scored 21 points for the Vikings (1-3).