Waves turn tide – Falcons fall to league leader
The Sacramento Waldorf Waves made the most of a chance to prove that they’re deserving of their first-place standing in the Capital Valley Christian League Tuesday, when the Waves visited the second-place Forest Lake Christian varsity boys’ basketball team.
The Falcons fell 66-53 and the Waves walked off the court with their heads held high.
The game began with a tipoff that was anyone’s ball, but the Waves used their strength and quickness to snag it and drive for the first two points of the game. The Falcons kept it close in the first half, though, down by only two at halftime, 29-27.
The effort that Steve Gonet’s Falcons had unveiled in the first half wasn’t equaled in the second, however, as the Waves pulled away to a 48-34 lead at the end of the third quarter.
“We came out totally flat-footed in the second half,” Gonet said. “We didn’t have the same level of intensity.”
That low intensity level, combined with the Falcons’ 19 turnovers, gave the Waves something to take advantage of, and their two star players, Yui Veno and Henry Meir, did not hesitate.
Veno and Meier clipped the wings of the Falcons with a combined 35 points. The scoring duo were two of just four players who found the scoring column for Waldorf the entire night.
Once the Waves got on a roll, Forest Lake Christian players didn’t see a way back into the game.
“We didn’t expect to win,” FLC player Joel Baker said. “They’re supposed to be the best.”
Waldorf might currently be the best in the CVCL, but Gonet said his Falcons didn’t do themselves any favors with the turnovers.
“To beat this team we would have had to play a near perfect game,” Gonet said. “We can’t have any breakdown. This team will jump all over it.”
Sacramento Waldorf (10-3 overall, 3-0 league) hosts Sacramento Lutheran Friday night, while FLC (8-5 overall, 2-1 league) will be playing at Wilton.
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