January 24, 2000
WHS forward Dan Howard.
by Russ Paris
The Falcon hoopsters were back on the road last week, traveling to Franklin High School and then on to their district rival, Inglemoor.
The contest against #7-ranked Franklin featured an offensive shootout between the Quakers' Eric Snow and the Falcon's high-point shooter, Sterling Brown. The teams played even, trading baskets, and the Falcons were down by only one at the end of the first and by only four at the half. Brown outplayed and outscored the notorious Snow, 26-24, with nine rebounds. It was sharpshooting Snow's 15-point splurge in the third quarter that led to a 69-57 victory over the Falcons.
Three days later at Inglemoor's gym, it was the Falcons who went on a streak against their Northshore neighbors. The WHS run began in the first period with Zach Tuiasosopo's string of six points on three baskets, and Sterling Brown's seven points on three baskets and a foul shot. At the end of the first quarter, the Falcons were up, 15-6.
In the second period, WHS controlled the game by out-rebounding the Vikings. Brown put back up his own shots, and Tuiasosopo followed everybody's shots to the basket, playing his most physical game of the year.
"I was able to crash the boards tonight; my ankle is feeling better," said Tuiasosopo, whose right ankle is still heavily taped. Tuiasosopo's ten points were second only to Brown's 12 for the first half as WHS led 37-24.
Both teams were energized as the second half began. They played aggressive defense, blocking each other's shots. Inglemoor's full court press and ability to hit three-point shots closed the gap to 10 at the end of three periods.
In the fourth, every time the Vikes threatened to narrow the margin, they were answered, first by Dan Howard's reverse lay-in, and then by Bijan Ghassemieh's jump shot that clinched the game for the Falcons.
The two teams played even statistically in the 63-57 victory for the Falcons. Both made 16 foul shots and turned the ball over 17 times. The difference in the game was the 13-point first quarter streak and Ghassemieh's three-pointer.