The Blaine boys' basketball team was unable to come back in its 43-42 loss at Port Townsend in the first round of the Class 1A Northwest Tri-district Tournament.
With the loss (6-19) Blaine was knocked out of post season play.
"It was a tough environment to play and we definitely played down to their pace," Blaine coach Shaun Pile said in a phone interview. "They did a good job picking apart our zone and getting shots off."
Blaine was able to outscore Port Townsend 11-7 in the first quarter and Pile attributed that to the Borderites getting out on the the fast break.
Zach Rector scored 18 points, Gabe Trump scored 16 and Josiah Westbrook scored eight for the Borderites.
"Zach was able to hit some shots and that really helped us out," Pile said. "And Trump had another great game to end his career on with almost 20 points-per-game average in his last four games. The boys had a heck of a season and it always sucks to come up just short, but we are looking forward to next year."
PORT TOWNSEND 43, BLAINE 42
Blaine 11 5 13 13 - 42
PT 7 9 16 11 - 43
Blaine: Josiah Westbrook 8, Jericho Probadora 0, Cole Muder 0, Ivan Sanchez 0, Gabe Trump 16, Tas Scanlan 0, Ryan Wallen 0, Zach Rector 18, James Fakkema 0. Team totals: 10-15 (FT) 42.
Port Townsend: Will O'Brien 4, Cody Russell 12, Skylar Coppenrath 3, Brian LeMaster 8, Jacob King 0, Daniel Charlton 2, Paul Spaltenstein 14. Team Totals: 5-14 (FT) 43
3-ptg: Blaine 6 (Rector 4), Port Townsend 6 (Spaltenstein 3). Fouls: Blaine 16 (Wallen), Port Townsend 13 (none).