JANUARY 6, 1997
Jason Snyder, 44, shoots a 2-point jump shot Saturday night in the championship game against the Shorewood Thunderbirds.
by Russ Paris
A last-second bank shot by Woodinville's Nate Lubetkin beat the Lynnwood Royals 58-57 at the Shorewood Invitational Tournament last Thursday night. The win advanced the Falcons to the championship game, which they lost, 62-44, to the Shorewood Thunderbirds.
The game against Lynnwood was close the whole way. The first period was back and forth, the lead changing four times. Woodinville was down 13-12 at the start of the second period. By halftime, the score was still razor close, 26-25, Lynnwood. The Falcons only shot 25% to Lynnwood's 48% in the half, but were able to keep the score close by out-rebounding the taller Royals, 16-14.
Woodinville started the second half with stone cold shooting and fell behind 32-25. But the Falcons were able to chip away at the lead and finished the third quarter ahead, 42-41.
Woodinville shot far better in the 4th period, but gave up their edge through turnovers. Aaron Brown's four defensive rebounds for the Falcons in the second half kept them in contention to win.
The final moments were a seesaw battle. With 13 seconds left, it looked like the Falcons would be grounded as the Royals scored to take a 57-56 lead. Woodinville, however, came flying back as Anderson brought the ball up court, and passed to Tuiasosopo, who immediately drew three defenders. Tuiasosopo fired a pass to an open Lubetkin, who tossed up the winning shot, 58-57.
Woodinville finished the game with 19 of 49 shooting, including 5 of 10 from three-point range and 8 of 10 free throws. The Falcons out-rebounded the Royals, 29-24.
"I was extremely pleased with the way we rebounded and blocked out the opposition. We played intelligent basketball," said head coach Joe Meagher.
Scoring leaders were Tuiasosopo 21, Lubetkin 11, Anderson 8, Brown 5, and Barham and Cole had 4 points each.
Woodinville played Eisenhower of Yakima Friday and lost, 61-49.
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