Aaron Brown goes high above Bothell to score for Woodinville.
by Russ Paris
The Woodinville Falcon basketball team took the Kingco Division lead this week with a 65-64 conference win over cross-district rival Bothell on Friday, sparked by a last-second shot by Rodney Anderson. They won again Saturday over Puyallup 59-57 in overtime, with a last shot by Aaron Brown.
Woodinville vs. Bothell, 65-64
On Friday, both teams scored 18 points in the first period, with Woodinville keeping the game tied by Marques Tuiasosopo's two first quarter 3-point shots.
In the second period, Woodinville shot only 12 percent, making just one of nine shots, while Bothell shot 12 out of 16 (75 percent) to take a 39 to 36 halftime lead.
Woodinville dominated the second half by cutting down the number of turnovers and shooting to tie the score 60 to 60 at the 2:03 mark.
Bothell teams traded baskets to 62 all. Bothell had the ball and went into a four corners stall to run out the clock and go for the last shot. They put two points on the board with five seconds left in the game. But the Falcons rebounded the ball and immediately called a time out.
The ball was mid-court with five seconds to go when Tuiasosopo ran a play and sent the ball to Rodney Anderson, who put the ball through the net at the buzzer for a final score of WHS 65, BHS 64.
"I was surprised the ball came to me--it happened so quick I didn't have time to think about it. I just wanted to go for the win," Anderson said.
Woodinville was led by Marques Tuiasosopo, with 23 points; Aaron Brown, 15 points; Jason Snyder, 9; and Rodney Anderson and Nate Lubetkin, seven points each. Nate Cole had three defensive rebounds, and Tuiasosopo's total of seven helped shut down Bothell's scoring. Brad Kertson had six assists, sparking the Woodinville rally.
Woodinville vs. Puyallup, 59-57
In Saturday's game against Puyallup, the Falcons won 59-57 in overtime. The two teams were tied at the end of regulation play, 49 apiece.
Tuiasosopo opened up the overtime with the first basket. Then with 7 seconds left in overtime, he got the ball and passed it off to Aaron Brown, who scored the winning basket, 59-57. The win made Woodinville 2-1 overall.
Leading scorers was Aaron Brown, 15; Jessie Barham, 13; and Tuwi, 11.