Woodinville boys take second in Sea-King
by Russ Paris, special to the Woodinville Weekly
The Woodinville Falcons boys basketball team advanced this week into the Wesco-Sea-King Bi-District to face a combination of teams from the Kingco, Wesco, and Metro Leagues from King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom County teams.
The Sea-King tournament last weekend determined the seeds for the beginning of the state playoff system.
Woodinville defeated Roosevelt's Roughriders Friday, then lost Saturday night's championship game to Redmond by a mere three points, 63-60.
Woodinville becomes Sea-King's #2 seed in the District I-II Tournament. The Falcons will play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the Tuesday game between Mercer Island and Mountlake Terrace.
Friday's night win began with a slow start against Roosevelt, and the taller Falcons found themselves behind 17-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Woodinville couldn't stop the Roughrider drives to the basket and fell behind 29-24 at the half. During halftime, Coach Meagher changed to a small quintet of Foltz, Harris, Mason, Tuiasosopo, and Sanders.
The Falcons then took it to the Teddies. Woodinville sprinted to a 41-37 third quarter lead. The two-fold strategy put the quicker Falcons in a 2-3 zone, preventing more drives. This tactical defensive move held the Teds to only 12 second-half points and enabled the offense to turn fast breaks into lay-in after lay-in. Woodinville won the game, 66 to 42.
The Falcons' offense was ignited by Jeremy Harris's 19 points. Curt Mason pulled down 7 defensive rebounds. "It was an all-team effort," said Coach Meagher who played all 15 players.
Saturday night's game against Redmond was satisfying even in defeat. Tuiasosopo, who finished with 25 points, had 15 in the fourth quarter. His scoring barrage kept the game's outcome in suspense, but Woodinville finally lost, 63 to 60.
Woodinville finished the regular season with a 14-6 win-loss record, making them the top team in their division. Top-scoring players included Marques Tuiasosopo (season average 15.6 points per game), Sean Brix (10.7), and Jeremy Harris (10.1). Top rebounders were Curt Mason and Steve Corum, and top assist was Tim Burrows.