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Wolverines best Blaine in post-season opener; 46-31 | Boys basketball

One down, one to go.

The Wolverines moved one step closer to earning a berth in the 1A Tri-District tournament with a decisive 46-31 victory at home over Blaine, Monday, in the opening round of post-season play.

Otis-Cooper West scored a game-high 15 points and C.J. Woods tossed in 14 to lead Friday Harbor on the offensive end. Junior Gabe Lawson added 10.

Up 41-19 going into the fourth quarter, the Wolverines held on down the stretch to ice the win, as the Borderites outscored Friday Harbor Harbor 12-5 down the stretch.

"Our offense was a little shaky but the guys had a good defensive game," Coach Rod Turnbull said.

In a replay of their previous meeting, the Wolverines jumped out to an early advantage, outscoring the Borderites 23-13 in the first two periods for a double-digit at the break. They scored 18 points in the third period, with Copper-West and Lawson combining for 16 points in the quarter, and held Blaine to just six to grab a commanding lead.

With the victory, the Wolverines advanced into the second round of the District 1A playoffs, where the competition promises to get a good degree tougher.

They will square off against Cascade Conference champion Kings High School (13-1 league, 19-2 overall) Wednesday on the Saints home court; tip off is 5 p.m.

Tune in online to Friday Harbor Tiny Radio to hear live broadcast of the game by Friday Harbor's Bill Revercomb, and Tiny Radio producer and engineer Ken Norris; pre-game coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.

The winners earns a spot in the District championship game and an automatic berth in the Tri-District tournament. The loser will fall into the consolation bracket, needing a win to remain in the playoffs.

— Scott Rasmussen

 

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