Tough Loss in Season Opener

Posted November 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm by

FHHS Boys Take One on the Chin in Season Opener

Mike Mar­tin, the “Voice of the Wolver­ines” sends this report in:

The Fri­day Har­bor Wolver­ines opened up their bas­ket­ball sea­son with a tough non-con­fer­ence road loss to the Burling­ton-Edi­son Tigers, 60–37. Burlington’s pres­sure defense made it tough for Wolver­ine shoot­ers all night long. Every pass was tipped, every shot was con­test­ed and every rebound was a battle.

“Their pres­sure caught us off guard a bit,” said senior guard, Don­ald Galt. “But we learned a lot from this game: we have to push our­selves even hard­er every day in practice.”

There were no excus­es to be found from any of the play­ers. “We look at it like this: This is our first game — they played at a faster pace and they were a big­ger school but this was a learn­ing expe­ri­ence and we know what that we can grow to take our game to the next lev­el,” Galt said.

“I think it was good to play against pres­sure like that. We don’t see teams with that many defen­sive and offen­sive weapons every­day”, said senior cen­ter, Collin Williamson. “We got our first-game jit­ters out, and we’re going to move on and focus on the next one.”

The starters for FHHS fought to keep it a close game ear­ly trail­ing by four 13–9 at the end of the first quar­ter. “I was pleased with our effort but it’s still dis­ap­point­ing that their pres­sure got to us so much,” said Coach Rod Turnbull.

Junior guard, C.J. Woods, who led all Wolver­ines in scor­ing with 19, kept it close with a cou­ple three point­ers and 3‑point plays. But with few open shots it was dif­fi­cult to have any offen­sive rhythm.

Anoth­er tough match-up was for the Wolver­ines were Burlington’s two post play­ers, 6’-4”, 280 Jere­my Can­niff and 6’-7”, 215, Austin Von Her­bu­lis. But, again, no excus­es from the Wolver­ines. Sopho­more for­ward, Gabe Law­son said, “Their big guys were just like play­ing against my big broth­er, Park­er (6’4”, 280 as well). He and I would mix it up at home so that expe­ri­ence helped me tonight.”

But just like the grid­iron Wolver­ines they nev­er once stopped work­ing hard. They began to chip away at Tigers’ big lead and pulled with­in 19 a cou­ple of times late in the game.

“We know that our defense will cre­ate offense,” Woods said. Trou­ble is the Tigers pres­sured the Fri­day Har­bor into turnovers and easy tran­si­tions points through­out the game.

When there were no easy buck­ets down low for Burling­ton, they kicked the ball out to their 3‑point marks­man Daron Brown­ing who led all scor­ers with 21 points on 5–11 shoot­ing from beyond the arch.

But in the end Burlington’s defense was the dif­fer­ence in the game. “Although this was our first game and we got beat pret­ty bad­ly we’re all still excit­ed to be back on the court. We all feel this will be a spe­cial sea­son for Fri­day Har­bor bas­ket­ball when all is said and done,” Woods said. “We know who we are and what we’re capa­ble of.”

The Wolver­ines boy’s next game is this Sat­ur­day at South Whid­bey High School at 1 PM.

The Wolver­ines girls varsity’s first game of the sea­son is at 1:30 PM. Look for the Girl’s Sea­son Pre­view on Friday.

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