With two losses at home against larger schools, the Blaine boys basketball team slid to a 1–4 record in the Northwest Conference (NWC), despite a few outstanding performances.
The game against the 2A Bellingham team January 9 came down to a 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Borderites fell short and the Red Raiders squeaked by with a 70–68 win.
Both teams battled hard to keep apace of one another in the scrappy matchup, with Bellingham committing 25 fouls and Blaine committing 23. Most of those fouls came in the fourth quarter when Bellingham regained the lead and Blaine struggled mightily to get it back.
The score was close throughout the game, with Bellingham ahead by three at the end of the first quarter, the score tied 37 apiece at halftime and the Borderites ahead 54–48 at the end of the third quarter.
The Red Raiders were able to outscore the Borderites in the fourth quarter 22–14, and held on tight for a win that came down to the final second.
Josiah Westbrook’s shot at the buzzer from beyond the three-point line made everyone in the packed gymnasium hold their breath, but the ball bounced off the rim and Bellingham went home with a two-point victory.
Westbrook led the Borderites with 21 points. Sean Herrig scored 14 points in the matchup, including all four of Blaine’s 3-pointers.
The loss to 3A powerhouse Ferndale January 13 was less exciting, as the bigger team dropped 3-pointers all night to run up a 71–46 victory on Blaine’s home court.
Despite Ferndale’s high score, Blaine was able to out-rebound the Golden Eagles 33–25, with Herrig and Ben Hodgin hauling in eight boards each. Hodgin led the Borderites on offense with 14 points.
Ferndale scored 27 points in the form of three-pointers. Four Golden Eagle sharp shooters contributed points from 3-point territory.
Blaine will travel to Squalicum Thursday, January 16. The game starts at 7:15 p.m.