Jackson Kirkpatrick, Matt Welliver and Billy King all scored in double-figures as Anacortes shooters connected on nine three-point goals while inducing 25 Blaine turnovers as the Seahawks blasted the Borderites 62-34 in a Northwest conference game Thursday, January 13.
Playing in back-to-back games for the first time this year because of a snow postponement of the Burlington-Edison game earlier in the week, the Borderites always looked a step behind the Seahawks, who liberally fired over the top of Blaine’s lagging perimeter defense. It was the second lowest point total of the season for Blaine.
“I think playing back-to-back nights hurt us,” Blaine head basketball coach Dougal Thomas said in an email. “Anacortes is the best shooting team in the league, and we held them 13 points under their conference scoring average.”
Andrew Price recovered from a poor game at Burlington to get another double-double, scoring 10 points and getting 10 rebounds.
The Borderites tenaciously tried to hang around the Seahawks, trailing by 19 after three quarters but the bottom fell out in the fourth period where Blaine only mustered four points.
Anacortes domination was resident in every facet of the game as the Seahawks out rebounded Blaine 41-30, outscored them by 10 from the free-throw line and held the Borderites to 16-55 shooting.
“We are getting good looks,” Thomas said. “We are concentrating a substantial amount of our practice time on shooting drills in hopes that it will help. Shooting a basketball is similar to swinging a golf club; if you don’t do it all the time it will be difficult to reproduce consistently.”
Sean Allen starting in his second consecutive game again was strong, adding nine points, including a 3-pointer for the Borderites.
The loss tumbled Blaine into the cellar of the Northwest conference with a 2-11 record (0-6 in the NWC) going into a road tilt against 3A Mount Vernon.