Update: The Wolverines claimed a share of the Northwest 2B/1B League title, along with La Conner, following a 75-38 runaway win at home over Concrete, Tuesday, Feb. 10, in their final game of the regular season.
The Friday Harbor boys basketball team tumbled into a first-place tie in the league standings following a three-point loss on the road, Friday, at La Conner.
As a result, the Wolverines will likely face a formidable and now-familiar foe, Auburn Adventist, in its post-season opener.
With 20 ticks left in regulation, Peter Strasser’s 15-foot rattled the rim but bounced out of the basket to close the door on the Wolverines come-back bid and hand the Braves a probable share of the Northwest 2B/1B League title in a hard-fought 46-43 victory on their home court.
Friday Harbor played host to Concrete (2-10) Tuesday in its regular-season finale and La Conner faced Darrington, winless in 16 league games, on the road in its final game of the regular season.
Trailing by three at the half, the Wolverines (12-1 league, 15-4 overall) rallied down the stretch to tie the game at 43 points apiece with about 30 seconds remaining in regulation. La Conner knocked down a pair from the free-throw line to reclaim the lead and then pocketed the win as the 15-footer by Strasser, who tallied a game-high 20 points, missed the mark.
“We need to get a little better taking care of the basketball and being a little tougher in certain situations,” Coach Rod Turnbull said. “In the games against La Conner and Auburn Adventist, where we lost, it’s those kind of games where every possession matters.”
The Braves’ Taylor Ebersole, Scott Lindeman and Cameron Hansen tallied 13, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Senior Gabe Lawson and junior Luke Stromberg scored seven points apiece for the Wolverines.
The loss at La Conner was a first in league play for the Wolverines and served to split the two-game regular-season series against the Braves (12-1, 16-3). Thanks to the win over Friday Harbor and the league’s yearly pre-season draw, the Braves will enter the 2B district playoffs as the No. 1 seeded team and face Concrete (3-14, overall) in the opening round.
The Wolverines will host the winner of Orcas and Auburn Adventist, Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the 2B district playoff opener; tip off is 7 p.m. in Turnbull Gym.
With a victory, they earn a trip to the 2B district championship game, Feb. 19, at Sedro Woolley High School; with a loss, they fall into the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament and would need a win to stay alive in post-season play.