Friday Harbor starts cold, rallies but falls at state - SLIDESHOW ADDED
- Written by Matt Pranger
Friday Harbor boys basketball team overcame a frigid start against Mossyrock in a Class 2B State Tournament quarterfinal Thursday March 3, 2015, but the Wolverines lost momentum in the 69-57 loss in Spokane Arena.
"We dug ourselves too deep a hole," said Friday Harbor coach Rod Turnbull.
The Wolverines now compete in the consolation bracket against Life Christian (23-3) at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4 p.m. The winner advances to the fourth-sixth place contest Saturday, March 5; the loser's season is over.
Friday Harbor (19-6) made only six of 24 field goals -- 25 precent -- in the first half and trailed 29-17 at halftime against Mossyrock (19-6). The Vikings made 42 percent of their field goals in the first half, sank four of eight three-point shots and went 5-for-5 at the free-throw line.
The Wolverines began drilling treys in the third quarter and outscored the Vikings 23-15. They cut the Vikings lead to a point late in the period.
"We used a lot of energy and almost got even," Turnbull said.
Mossyrock bounced back in the final period, scoring 25 to Friday harbor's 17.
"We ran out of gas because we had worked so hard to get back ," Turnbull said.
Mossyrock's Jaron Kirkey led all scorers with 35 -- one more point than the rest of his team. The senior standout also sank 12 of 14 free-throws and pulled down eight rebounds.
John Gustafson canned five of seven three-point attempts and paced the Wolverines with 23 points. The junior also led Friday Harbor on the boards, grabbing eight.
Mossyrock 69 - Jaron Kirkley 35, Danny Nelson 16, Leovardo Munoz 14, Lucas Johnson 3, Taylen Clevenger 1. Field Goals 23/49 (47 percent), 3-Point Field Goals 6/17 (35 percent) Free Throws 17/20 (85 percent), Rebounds 29.
Friday Harbor 57 - Josh Gustafson 23, Danil Sonjaya 8, Luke Stromberg 8, Eli Cooper-West 6, Kyle Jangard 5, Andy Stromberg 3, Stanley Patrick 2, Isaac Mayer 2. Field Goals 19/45 (42 percent), 3-Point Field Goals 10/25 (40 percent), Free Throws 9/15 (60 percent), Rebounds 17.
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