The Thunder Mountain High School boys got their first road test of the season on Wednesday night, battling against last year’s third-place state championship team the Wasilla Warriors.
The Falcons fell 59-48 against the Warriors who returned seven players from that state tested team.
Thunder Mountain trailed by just two starting the second period 15-13 but fell behind 39-22 at the half.
“We came out flat in the first half,” TMHS coach John Blasco said. “We played hard in the second half.”
The Falcons outscored the Warriors 13-8 in the third quarter and 13-12 in the final stanza, getting the score within five points with just under two minutes remaining before foul shots gave Wasilla the final cushion.
“They have some talented players,” Blasco said. “They have some guards that really crash the boards. In the second half we didn’t give up offensive rebounds and had better rotation on defense. Those were the two biggest things we corrected and it helped, but it is hard to come back from 17 points down.”
Jacob Calloway led the Falcons with nine points, Josh Tupou and Sam Jahn had eight apiece, Matt Seymour and Vili Tupou seven each, Ben Jahn six and Trent Uddipa three. Ben Jahn tallied 10 rebounds and Vili Tupou 7 assists. The Warriors were led by Cameron Brown’s 15 points, Dave Kuiper scored 13 and Dustin Cook 12.
Sam Jahn fouled out of the contest. The Falcons hit 4-7 at the charity stripe, the Warriors were 16-20.
The Thunder Mountain Falcons play in the 33rd Annual Service Cougar Tip Off Tournament against Palmer tonight at 7:30 p.m.