FEBRUARY 17, 1997
Nate Cole, #40, shoots for two in a win that put the Falcons in the Kingco Tournament.
Photo by Russ Paris.
by Russ Paris
On Feb. 11, Woodinville beat Eastlake, 38-35, to secure a berth in the Kingco Tournament. The score went back and forth in a "deja vu" of the first time these two teams met when WHS won on a Barham buzzer-beater.
The Falcons played the taller Wolves tough all night with pressure defense. Eastlake turned the ball over 19 times to the Falcons' 11, while Eastlake won on the boards, 18-8. Woodinville's free throw shooting kept them in the game. Both teams shot poorly, with only seven points being score in the third period.
In the fourth, the Falcons took care of business, outscoring Eastlake, 16-11. Nate Lubetkin sealed the win with two foul shots late in the game.
The win means WHS will play Roosevelt in the tournament. "I'm really happy for this team to make the playoffs. They really worked hard," said Coach Joe Meagher.
On Feb. 14, little love passed between Woodinville and Juanita in a Valentine's Day clash. Marques Tuiasosopo scored 18 in the five-point loss, 51-46. The game ended the Falcons' regular season at 9-11 overall and 7-8 in league play.
Woodinville continues into the playoffs, meeting the Rough Riders on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at Sammamish High School.