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Falcons notch six-point win

John HartNate Cowling keeps the ball bouncing while he dives after it Friday.
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The sixth-seeded Forest Lake Christian boys basketball team had its bags all but packed for Modesto after its 20-point Sac-Joaquin Section Division V first-round win over No. 11 Vacaville Christian Tuesday.

The Falcons (21-9 overall) looked to avenge an preseason overtime loss to No. 3 Central Catholic, but No. 14 Sacramento Waldorf – CC’s first round opponent – nixed FLC’s travel plans with a 12 point upset win.

Sacramento Waldorf (15-13) had upset on its mind in its second round matchup at the Falcons’ house, but Max Botner and Taylor Lawrence just weren’t having it.

The Falcon duo combined for 32 points as the hosts squeaked out a 50-44 win Friday.

FLC will play the winner of the No. 7 Ripon Christian/No. 2 Sacramento Adventist in the semifinal at Modesto Junior College Tuesday.

The Falcons led by four points after the first quarter, but outscored the Waves 15-8 in the second stanza to take a 11 point lead into the break.

Thanks to Lawrence’s outside shooting and the low post work of Botner and Harman, the hosts built the lead up to 14 points midway through the third.

Sacramento Waldorf, on the back of sophomore center Henry Meier, who scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in the third, clawed their way back into the game.

Botner, who had 16 points and tied Colin Harman for the team-high in rebounds with seven, said inconsistent Falcon shooting opened the door for the Waves’ comeback.

“Our defense was fine. I think what kept us from winning by more was our offense. We were coming down and not scoring but we did play good defense,” he said. “This is probably the best defensive game we’ve had all year.”

Sacramento Waldorf continued to apply the pressure in the final stanza, eventually cutting the lead to four points with 22.6 seconds left.

FLC had the ball out of bounds under its basket when it got a gift from the men in stripes.

Harman and a SW defender were jockeying for position down low when a referee stopped play to break it up. The Wave defense lost Lawrence in the scramble, and the 6-foot-4-inch junior forward put the hosts up by six with an uncontested lay up.

“We lucked out,” said FLC head coach Davin Johnson.

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