There was still plenty to gain for Hockinson, even if coach boys coach Jon Warner might throw the film out from the team’s 59-26 loss to Edmonds-Woodway on Friday.
The Hawks shot a putrid 10 of 43 from the field and saw the Warriors pour in nine of their 19 3-point shots in the first-round defeat in the Fort Vancouver Holiday Tournament.
“Offensively, we had plenty of open looks; we just didn’t hit any shots,” Warner said. “Sometimes that’s going to happen to you. The question is how are you going to make up for that. We didn’t do a good job of doing the little things. We just compounded the bad shooting.”
Hockinson finished 0 for 19 from beyond the arc, including 13 misses in the first half, which ended with Edmonds-Woodway ahead 33-8. The Hawks were outscored 18-0 in the second quarter.
To make things more frustrating in that miserable frame, one of the Warriors’ baskets caromed off Jeremiah Faulstick’s hands on a rebound attempt and fell into the hoop.
To his credit, Faulstick emerged from the lockers in the second half to put in a purposeful performance. He finished with eight points and nine rebounds on effort alone, something the Hawks will turn to as 2A Greater St. Helens League play returns after the new year.
“That’s what a leader does and I really appreciated the fact that regardless of the score, he was there to compete,” Warner said of his 6-foot-4 senior. “I think he showed that and I’m really glad that it was apparent to other people as well.”
Edmonds-Woodway’s Bol brothers. Nuer and Mutdung, combined for 25 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Mutdung Bol had two vicious slam dunks, including one in transition on an alley-oop pass from Jacob Gabler. More impressive than the dunks, at least to coach Warner, was Mutdung Bol’s ability to shoot the mid-range jumper. He finished 7 of 12 from the field and had four assists. Nikko McNeal added a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers.
“We haven’t seen effective man pressure the way they brought it at us yet this year,” Warner said. “I think we did a good job with the first stage of it, which is breaking it and getting to the frontcourt. But then we had some problems initiating our offense.”
Hockinson faces host Fort Vancouver at 12:20 p.m. Saturday.
EDMONDS-WOODWAY 59, HOCKINSON 26
EDMONDS-WOODWAY — Chidenedu ACholonu 6, Bryan Bunyatipanon 2, Steele Swinton 0, Andy Cerekja 0, Jacob Gabler 8, Tollak Crawford 0, Nuer Bol 10, Mutdung Bol 15, nikko McNeal 18. Totals 25-52 (9-19) 0-3 59.
HOCKINSON (2-5) — Micah Paulsen 4, Dakota Souders 3, Mason Bonife 0, Joseph Pandina 2, Garrett Pearson 0, Josiah Christorhus 0, Jeremiah Faulstick 8, Ki Haden 3, Samuel Finklein 6. Totals 10-43 (0-19) 6-9 26.
Ed.-Woodway 15 18 20 6—59
Hockinson 8 0 10 8—26