Vikings finally grab a win at home

  • Written by Don Mann
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Photo by Don Mann Inglemoor’s Brendan Lauck 2flips in two of his 16 points as Woodinville’s Matt Laitala takes a swipe.
Little was at stake in this one other than local pride.

Woodinville came in 3-11 in league play, Inglemoor was 1-13 and it was the last dance no matter what with no playoffs looming.

They might as well shoot ’em up with abandon and that they did in the first half as Inglemoor took a rare 34-33 lead at home.

The Vikings hoisted up 13 three-balls and knocked down six. The Falcons were not shy either, going 5-of-12 from beyond the arc in a first half where defense was an afterthought.

Things tightened up a bit after the break and Inglemoor would go on to win 67-59 behind 18 points from its lone senior Samuel Omondi.

“It was satisfying to finally get a win at home and I was happy for Sam,” Viking coach Greg Lowell said. “He’s been so solid for us and he went out in style. That was good to see.”

It included a dunk off a steal late in the game that sparked the daytime crowd and finally gave them something to cheer about.

“It was a challenging year with only one senior but these kids had great attitudes and never stopped working hard,” Lowell said. “It’s been a while since we’ve gone through this kind of thing but the upside is how great they’ve been as kids. It’s really a good group.”

Chris Bryant scored 17 points and Brendan Lauck added 16 with a team- high nine rebounds as the Vikings finished up 6-14 overall.

Woodinville was led by 13 points from Brett Arrivey, who fouled out early in the fourth quarter after getting his money’s worth. For the senior, who doesn’t play spring sports, it was the last time he’ll compete in a Falcon uniform.

“I thought about that a little,” the three-year starting quarterback said. “I had a lotta fun — great teammates, great coaches — and it’s all good.”

Woodinville coach Jamie Rowe said it was appropriate his co-captain’s last game was his best game.

“Great kid, smarter than most, works hard ... He was a pleasure to coach.”

Junior post Quinton Parker finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Falcons finished 3-12, 5-15 overall.

“It was a tough year but, hey, KingCo’s a tough conference and every night was a battle for us and the kids knew that,” Rowe said. “But I liked these kids and they liked each other. Practice was fun. That’s what I’ll remember.”

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