Boys eke out narrow win over Mount Baker

Published on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 by Ian Ferguson

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The boys basketball team traveled to Mount Baker and pulled off a come-from-behind victory in the final seconds of a hotly contested game.

Sean Herrig made five three-pointers and a career-high 24 points, leading the team in scoring, and Carson Knutzen followed close behind with 20 points. The Borderites won the January 27 Northwest Conference matchup 59–58.

“It was a great game from start to finish,” said Blaine head coach Shaun Pile. “Mount Baker had an eight-point lead at the end of the first quarter and they were up by 12 by the half. We couldn’t stop their leading scorer Reuben Murashov.”

In the second half, Blaine turned up the intensity. Herrig scored three three-pointers right off the bat to fire up the Borderites 
and bring them back into the game.

“Herrig’s shooting was key to us coming out strong in the second half,” Pile said.

Scoring went back and forth from then on, and by the final seconds of the game, Blaine was down by one point. With 11 seconds on the clock, the Borderites inbounded the ball to Herrig, who shot a three-point attempt from the corner. He missed, but was fouled on the play. He made two of his free throws, putting Blaine ahead by one.

Mount Baker called a time-out on their next possession to bring the ball to half court, and their inbounds play got the ball to Murashov.

Blaine’s defense pulled through and Murashov missed the final shot of the game.

Blaine lost to Mount Baker four times last year, but has now defeated the Mountaineers twice this year.

“They’re a strong 1A team, so it’s definitely a confidence booster to beat them,” Pile said. “The way these kids have been playing the last two games has been a blast. They’ve been working their tails off.”

The Borderites will face Lynden at home for the senior game Friday, January 31 at 7:15 p.m., then travel to Friday Harbor February 1 for a Saturday matinee at noon.

“Friday Harbor is playing very well,” Pile said. “When you go over there it’s a different atmosphere, and you can’t come out flat. You have to bring the energy.”