January 28, 2002
Falcons corral Mustangs in double overtime barn burner
by Russ Paris
Special to the Weekly
Last week's Woodinville - Redmond basketball game (Tuesday, Jan. 22) provided more thrills than a roller coaster ride and took two overtime periods and a big shot from the smallest man on the court to decide the outcome.
The Falcons, (10-4) who have played exciting ball all year, outdid themselves at Redmond High School in a game in which neither team was ever ahead by more than six points, the score was tied at half time, there were 10 lead changes and two overtimes.
The game began slowly with Woodinville giving up the ball on turnovers and Redmond missing shots. Vitas Dargis-Robinson got the first two points of the game on a sweet jump shot with almost two minutes gone.
With the Falcons up 4-2, their spark-plug point guard Ian Warner picked up his second foul at the 3:54 mark of the first period. WHS head coach Steve Johnson took Warner out to save his playing time for later, a move that ultimately proved crucial in the Falcon win.
Without Warner in the game, Redmond crept back to a 6-6 tie. Woodinville subs Josh Berg and Kaelan Morales came in on fire, and the Birds flew to a 11-6 lead. The Mustangs countered behind the great play of their 6-foot-8 center Steven Ishmael. A basket by 6-foot-3 forward Sam Colter gave Redmond their first lead of the night at the 5-minute mark of the second period.
Warner did a Houdini levitation act for the Falcons as he hit a layin while falling horizontally to the floor. This brought ohs and ahs from the crowd as if they were watching fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Ishmael played down low for Redmond's points, while Woodinville countered with Morales's full speed drives from the baseline. It was Berg's 15-foot jumper with just seconds in the half remaining that tied the score at 29.
"I told the kids at halftime to box out and rebound,' said Johnson.
The Falcons played the boards tough but began to commit the fouls that would get them into trouble later in the game.
Redmond's David Tarr hit a 20-foot 3-pointer that gave the Mustangs the largest lead of the game, 35-29.
Playing good defense, Woodinville came back to take a 37-36 lead with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the lead seesawed back and forth with neither team getting ahead by more than 4 points.
With 3:13 left, the Birds were down by four, 44-48, when Warner hit for two; Morales then beat his man making an incredible pass inside to Zack McVey who dunked to tie the score at 48 with just 1:23 left to play.
Then as Redmond came down court, the Falcons stole the ball only to have the Mustangs steal it right back. With 20 seconds on the clock and the score tied, Redmond went for a last shot, but Woodinville's Warner knocked the ball loose as the buzzer sounded to end regulation play.
(As the four-minute overtime began, I knew this was a classic game and headed from my baseline camp to behind the Falcon bench so I could hear coach Johnson's strategies.)
With two minutes left in overtime, the Birds were down by one, 51-50 when Johnson said, "Forget about being down, just go for the win."
The teams traded baskets, and then Berg hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 55 with 8 seconds left, sending this nail biter into a second overtime.
By this time, four Falcons had fouled out including Lombard, McVey, Meckling and Robinson. With these veterans out, it didn't look good for the Birds who were trailing 55-60 with less than 3 minutes left.
This is when Woodinville's "mighty-mite," 5-foot-9 Warner took over with a lot of help from his friends making a 3-point shot from 22 feet bringing back the Birds' momentum. Then Morales got into the act with his own 3-pointer.
Redmond then brought the ball downcourt but missed its shot leaving Woodinville with the ball and 32 seconds left, at which point Johnson called for a time out.
"Let's run the clock down and then do a 5-man spread," Johnson said. "Don't let them take the ball; let's take the last shot."
The ball went to Warner at the top of the key as the Birds spread the floor and the 'Stangs followed. Warner went one-on-one with his defender, faked to the right and did a crossover dribble to the left side of the lane banking in the winning two for the Falcon victory, 69-67.
This was a game in which there were too many heroes and big plays to mention, but the 3-pointers by Warner and Morales in the second overtime returned the momentum to Woodinville when they needed it.
Josh Berg led all Falcon scorers with 18 points on great shooting.
Northshore Boys' Basketball
Eastlake Wolves topped Bothell 76-55 last Tuesday. Ryan Rourke and Daylen Haines each scored 14 points for the Cougars.
Jordan White-Frisbee had 16 points and 13 rebounds as Inglemoor defeated Lake Washington 75-51. Andy Anderson scored 13.
In a Kingco 4A game with Inglemoor, Bothell's 6-foot-5 senior Daylen Haines scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to help his team upset IHS 60-50.
Vytas Dargis-Robinson scored 15 and Jeff Lombard had 14 as the Woodinville Falcons outshot Eastlake 70-46.
Northshore Girls' Basketall
In 4A Kingco action, Inglemoor girls lost to Lake Washington 53-44. The Vikings were led by Meredith Wyman with 15 and Stacey Sarro with 13 points.
Annie and Julie Zubovic had 12 and 10 respectively in Bothell's 49-35 defeat of Eastlake.
In a losing effort, Jaclyn Rice of Woodinville had 12 points as the Falcons fell to Redmond 51-59.
Bothell squeaked past Inglemoor 43-42. Annie Zubovic had 12 points and Jessica Holloway added nine for the Cougars.
Woodinville defeated Eastlake 48-45 with Jaclyn Rice scoring 19 and Lisa Ravenel hit for 16 points and had 12 rebounds for WHS.