Northwest NEWS

December 7, 1998

Sports

Falcons win opener, lose to Puyallup

WHS basketball

Zach Tuiasosopo (#35) brings the ball down court in the Falcons' 68-57 win over Mt. Rainier.
Photo by Russ Paris.

   by Russ Paris

   The Woodinville High School boys varsity basketball team defeated Mt. Rainier at the Falcon gym on Dec. 1. This season, the Falcons return six of 11 lettermen from last year's team.

   After a successful basketball camp and summer league and with the addition of a 6'6" sophomore transfer from Wisconsin, Dayne Mickelson, the Falcons start their non-league games to get ready for KIngco 4A action.

   The Falcons began the game with cold shooting, and it was not until the 5-minute mark of the first period on a Zach Tuiasosopo tip-in that the Falcons scored. The Falcons trailed the smaller but quicker Rainiers 5-2. WIth good positioning, the Falcons out-rebounded Mt. Rainier to take an 11-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

   The second period saw Falcon 6'3" forward Sterling Brown take control of the game as he slashed the lane, did a reverse pivot, and kissed the ball off the glass for a sweet two-point bucket. Brown next hit two 3-point shots in a row putting the Falcons up 30-22 at the half.

   After the intermission, Mt. Rainier closed the gap by applying pressure with a full court defense. The Falcons turned the ball over several times on swipes from behind as they tried to bring the ball upcourt. The 3rd quarter ended with the Falcons only up by five.

   The Falcons' Jeff Mason, a 6'2" 200-lb. senior forward, hit two of his three 3-point shots in the fourth quarter. Mike Lynch, the other Falcon 6'3" senior forward, hit several clutch free throws down the stretch to ice the game, 68-57.

   Sterling Brown was high-point man with 27 points for the Falcons.

   "It's always good to win the first one. I was pleased with the way we rebounded and made our opportunities at the charity line," said head coach Joe Meagher.

   In an away game last Saturday night, the Falcons lost to Puyallup, 50-41. They now take their 1-1 record to Newport High School on Tuesday, Dec. 8, and at home against Cedarcrest on Dec. 11.