Northwest NEWS

December 13, 1999


Falcons stomp Spartans, stumble against Vikings

WHS basketball

Zach Tuiasosopo scored ten points in the Falcon's 42-47 loss to the Puyallup Vikings.
Photo by Russ Paris.

by Russ Paris

   Woodinville's varsity basketball team opened their season with an impressive double-digit win over the Skyline Spartans at their foe's home court.

   This is head coach Steve Johnson's first full year at the helm of the Falcon ship, and he was very happy with this opening win. Johnson's offense features the motion that has been a Woodinville trademark, and a run-and-gun approach.

   With several of the Falcons still working out their football muscles, and Zach Tuiasosopo on the bench with an ankle injury, Woodinville put together a great opening night performance, dominated the Spartans, 65-51.

   The Falcon's first home game last Thursday was against the powerful 2-0 Puyallup Vikings of the strong Puget Sound League.

   With Tuiasosopo's ankles heavily taped, the Falcons started the game running behind Tuiasosopo's opening basket to take a 5-0 lead over the visitors. Falcon fouls let the Vikings back into the game, 7-7. Cold shooting by Woodinville ended the first period, and they found themselves trailing by two points at the end of one period.

   In the second quarter, the Falcons continued to outplay the Vikings, but several missed 3-point shots later, the home team found themselves down 11-16. With 4:35 left in the second period, the Falcons looked like jumping jacks. Consecutive long-range missles by Jan Witlatschil, Tuiasosopo, and two by Sterling Brown that hit nothing but net brought the Falcons back to within three, 19-22, with 1:12 left in the half.

   Both teams scrambled for the next minute, with the Falcons getting final possession. It was Falcon guard Bijan Ghassemieh's final shot at the buzzer that made it 21-21 to end the half.

   The Falcons came out smoking to start the second half and took a 25-24 lead on 6'6" Dayne Mickelson's reverse dunk. This Falcon team showed a lot of hustle. After missing a lay-in, Sterling Brown went coast-to-coast to grab the rebound at the other end. On this kind of play, the Falcons took a 35-29 lead with just 1:01 left in the third period.

   The fourth quarter found Puyallup pounding the basket from 3-point range. Consecutive 3-pointers by Kevin Hayes and Austin Miller brought the Viks back into the game, 39-39, with 3:53 left in the final period.

   WHS foreign student from Germany 5'8" Felix Neuberger put the Falcons up momentarily, 41-39. The Vikings' hot hands continued, and they blistered the basket in the final two minutes to steal the game from the Falcons, 42-47. WHS turnovers at the end cost them the game.

   Sterling Brown had 17 points and Zach Tuiasosopo had 10 for the Falcons. Woodinville committed only 17 turnovers to Puyallup's 21, but most of the Falcons' came in the 4th quarter.

   The Falcons will practice until Christmas, then play in the Lynden Holiday Tournament.