By Bob Kirkpatrick
The sneaker was on the other foot in the late game Friday night, Jan. 7, as Mount Si manhandled Woodinville in front of a tiny home-court crowd.
The Falcons’ Akhil Damidi knocked down a trey in the opening seconds to give Woodinville and 3-0 lead. But it was short-lived as Miles Heide slammed down an alley-oop pass from Bennett O’Connor and Quin Patterson hit from long range to put the Wildcats up 5–3.
Woodinville closed the gap to 5-4 when Ryan Roth sank one of two shots from the charity stripe. Mount Si then went on a 12-7 run to close out the first period 17-11.
The Wildcats kicked it into high gear in the second eight minutes of action to double up the Falcons 34-17 at the break.
Woodinville’s Will Ruff drained a 3-ball to start the third period. An answering bucket from Heide jump-started a 17-8 Wildcat run and Mount Si blew the game wide open, 51-28.
Ruff sank another trey to open fourth-period scoring but got little help from his teammates on offense or defense, and Mount Si laid the hammer down to run away with it, up 68-39 with just over a minute to go.
Patterson knocked down a game-high 26 points. Heide and Trevor Hennig finished with 12 each.
Damidi led the Falcons with 10 points. Ruff added eight, and Roth finished with seven.
Mount Si remained undefeated with the win, sitting at 5-0 in the KingCo Crown standings and 7-0 overall.
Woodinville fell to 3-2 in the conference standings and 5-3 overall.