Falcon boys pull off huge upset
A reason to play every single basketball game exists and that reason is because the favored team does not always win. Providing a perfect example of this concept is Forest Lake Christian’s boys basketball squad, which went into Wednesday night’s game as the No. 15 seed playing at the home of No. 2 Turlock Christian and escaped with a 75-73 win to advance in to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.
Going into the game, Turlock Christian was 26-2 and riding an 18-game win streak, only to be shocked by the Falcons on its own court.
“It was an incredibly exciting game,” Forest Lake Christian coach David Thomas said.
“With 22 seconds left in the game they banked in a three-pointer to tie the game at 63. We then sped up court and Adam Reed pulled up for a five-foot jumper with five seconds left to give us the 75-73 lead. They were out of time-outs and could only get off a desperation shot in the remaining few seconds.”
The Falcons led 29-21 going into halftime and extended the lead to 10 points going into the final quarter. Turlock Christian, however, made a run at the end as Forest Lake had gotten into foul trouble with senior center Nate Holt and senior point guard Kevin Farnum fouling out.
Senior forward Sam Metteer led the Falcons with 24 points and 12 rebounds while Grant Marple, a senior, scored 11 points with five assists, Reed, a sophomore, scored eight points and Farnum had seven points.
Thomas praised the play of freshman Andrew Richart, brought up from the JV team for the playoffs, who made critical free throws down the stretch to put the Falcons up 63-60.
Forest Lake Christian now faces the winner of the No. 7 Woodland Christian/No. 10 Capital Christian game on Friday on the road. The Falcons have seen Woodland Christian twice this year in Pioneer Valley League play, losing both times by scores of 62-42 and 69-41.
Capital Christian was 13-14 overall and 9-3 in the Golden Empire League going into Wednesday night’s matchup with Woodland Christian.
Nevada Union 4, Marysville 2
Sophomore outside midfielder Chelsea Ulinski led the Miners with two goals en route to a 4-2 non-conference win against Marysville.
Ulinski’s first goal came a minute and a half into the game as she took a cross from junior forward Erica Goode and drilled the ball into the back of the net.
At the 20-minute mark, Marysville scored the equalizer, but the Miners weren’t finished scoring for the half. Ulinski knocked in her second goal of the game 35 minutes into the contest after taking a corner kick off the foot of Leigh Collins, a junior defender, trapping it about nine yards in front of the goal and sending it in.
Two minutes into the second half, the Miners were on the board again as junior forward Kacey Rogers took a through ball from senior forward Kaydee Russo and brought it back to the middle of the field for the goal.
The final Miner goal came from outside midfielder Mallory Meier off a cross from Collins. Marysville scored again at the 35-minute mark putting the score at 4-2.
Sophomore Sarah Sanford had three saves in the goal for the Miners.
The Miner JV team (1-0-1) also beat Marysville by a score of 3-0.
Nevada Union (2-0) plays again today at Colfax with the varsity match kicking off at 3 p.m. and the JV team at 4:30 p.m.
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