JANUARY 13, 1997
Lubetkin, #45, and McGrath position themselves for a rebound. Outrebounding Eastlake 30-25 helped the Falcons win.
by Russ Paris
The Woodinville Falcons defeated the rival Eastlake Wolves in a barnburner Friday night, 43-42.
Woodinville started slow and found themselves playing tenatively, falling behind 0-6. WHS coach Joe Meagher called a time out and asked his smaller Falcons to run at the taller Wolves, and use ball movement to find open shots. The Falcons marched back into the game and promptly took the lead, 10-8.
With the score tied 10-10 at the end of the first period, the Falcon men began to believe in themselves. A run of six straight points by senior forward/guard Marques Tuiasosopo put the Falcons up 22-16. By halftime, the score was 25-21, WHS.
The intermission helped the Wolves, who were playing their third game in five nights. Eastlake crept even with the Falcons by the end of the third quarter, 31-31.
Woodinville came out blasting to start the fourth quarter. On consecutive shots by Mike Cady and Shawn McGrath, Woodinville went up 37-33. Fans began talking about the "upset of the year".
The Falcons went into a spread motion offense to take time off the clock and used Tuiasosopo as a guard to bring the ball upcourt against the pressing Wolves. With 25 seconds left and up by one point, Nate Lubetkin was fouled. The Falcons played keep-away as time ran out, winning 43-42.
"Chairman of the Boards" Lubetkin grabbed three key defensive rebounds in the fourth quarter. "I just get better in the fourth quarter. Coach Meagher has taught me how to be more physical," said Lubetkin.
The Falcons' record is now 5-4 overall, 3-2 in league play.