Falcon boys fall to ‘Riders’

  • Written by Don Mann
Jake Miller goes up high to catch a pass late in the game. Photo by Don Mann.
The boys’ game can be summed up with a pretty simple analysis: Roosevelt shot the ball well and Woodinville didn’t.

The result was a 57-41 Roughrider win at WHS on Friday, dropping the Falcons to 2-5 (4-8 overall) on the season.

“We actually played some pretty good defense but they made some tough shots,” Woodinville coach Jamie Rowe said. “They’re a good basketball team, and we just have a lotta trouble scoring.”

Roosevelt started quickly and led by 10 at the half while the Falcons searched for the keys to its offense. Woodinville began to heat up late in the third quarter and two Jake Miller free throws cut the lead to a manageable six points with 1:50 left in the period.

But that’s as close the Falcons would get before the contest slipped away entirely.

“We worked hard to cut it to six but then we couldn’t get enough stops and makes,” Rowe said. “They just answered.”

Roosevelt’s AJ Edwards led all scorers with 21 points as the Roughriders shot 57 percent from the floor.

The 6-5 senior hit a sensational three-point runner at the third-quarter buzzer that was a backbreaker to make it 41-30.

Robbie Jackson was team-high for Woodinville with 15 points and five assists.

Matt Laitala added 10 points and took a world-class charge late in the game that looked like a car crash and kept him on the floor for several seconds.

“Yeah, that was a good one,” he said later with a smile. “The ref asked me what day of the week it was and I had to think about it a little ... That was definitely the hardest charge I’ve taken all year.”

Rowe was asked if there were any silver linings in a 16-point loss in which his team shot 35 percent.

“I liked that we grew in the second half and were way more aggressive.

And I thought Jake (Miller) showed up tonight. He gave us some tough minutes.”

Woodinville travels to Bothell (3-3, 6-4) next Friday. The Cougars clipped Inglemoor 77-76 on a Zach Lavine floater at the buzzer. Lavine led all scorers with 33 points. Chris Bryant led the Vikings (0-6, 4-7) with 26.

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