Fielding a team that featured nine players at least 6' 2" or taller and holding a 5-1 record that includes quality wins over Mount Baker and Squalicum, Lynden Christian seemed poised for another deep run in the 1A state basketball rankings coming into their Monday, January 3, contest with Blaine.
The Borderites may need another opportunity to find out if the Lyncs are just that good or if they simply played that bad. Even as Lynden Christian head coach Roger DeBoer continually chastised his charges for uninspired play, Blaine cooperated with an abysmal first half that was highlighted by horrific three for 19 shooting accentuated by six Lynden Christian blocked shots.
The Borderites committed 11 turnovers in the half and the poor shooting contributed to an 18-2 Lync run in the last five minutes for a 25-point lead.
With these ingredients left to stew for another half, the Lyncs left Blaine with a resounding 62-26 Northwest conference (NWC) victory over the Borderites.
“I don’t know how many ways I can say we need to shoot better,” Blaine head coach Dougal Thomas said. “The kids played hard and we got some good looks in the first half.”
The inability to shoot allowed the Lynden Christian defense to suffocate Borderite star Andrew Price down low, holding him to eight points in the game.
“We couldn’t get Price the ball,” Thomas explained. “When you don’t make shots, that’s what happens.”
The Lyncs opened the second half with a 7-2 run, to expand their lead to 28 before Blaine mustered a 6-2 mini run sparked by four Lynden Christian turnovers. The Lyncs righted their ship with Caleb Schmidt hitting a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter for a 46-19 lead.
Lynden Christian’s reserves mopped up the game for the lopsided 38 point final tally. Isaac Reimer led all scorers with 15 and Joey Spoelstra chipped in 12 for Lynden Christian.
The loss drops the Borderites to 2-8 (0-3 in the NWC) while the Lyncs improved to 8-1 (2-1 in the NWC) on the year. Blaine hosts Ferndale on Friday, January 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Photo by Blaise Bookout