February 7, 2000
5'8" senior guard Felix Neuberger goes up for two against Garfield.
Photo by Russ Paris.
by Russ Paris
There was electricity in the air at the WHS gym last Tuesday night as the top team in the state, the undefeated Garfield Bulldogs, were in town.
The Bulldogs controlled the opening tip, went down court, and hit a three-pointer. Next, they stole the inbound pass and scored again. Zach Tuiasosopo finally scored to make it 2-5, but immediately after the Falcon score, Garfield hurled a long pass down court for a lay-in, followed by a WHS turnover.
The game appeared to be too fast for the Birds, and it didn't help their confidence that they missed three shots at the basket and Garfield raced to a 26-6 first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs continued to score, but the Falcons began to answer, first with Zach Tuiasosopo, then with two Dane Mickelson tip-ins. Sterling Brown drove to the basket, went up with the ball, came down, and went up even higher to get his own rebound, then scored to close the Bulldog lead to 13. At the half, it was a 32-19 lead for Garfield.
The third quarter saw the Fighting Birds outrun the Dogs, pulling within nine, 32-25, in the first two minutes of the second half. At the five-minute mark, Brown hit a jumper to bring it within six. At this point, the Falcons had outscored the Dogs since the first period, 20-12.
The Bulldogs, in an attempt to slow down the Falcons, began fouling, putting the Birds in a one-and-one situation at the charity line. Brown's free throws closed the gap to three. The Dogs responded by running up the score 51-42 by the 3:00 mark of the fourth. The game played out with Brown making the final shot to close within eight, 48-56.
Brown and Mickelson were high scorers for WHS with 18 and 13 points.