Pioneers unable to shake slow start against University Prep


Nooksack Valley boys' basketball fell to University Prep 71-42 on Monday, Dec. 9, in Seattle. The Pioneers were led by Aaron Bosscher's 15 points but could not overcome a 26-point University Prep lead.

"We had a really rough start to the game, we were down 30-4 after the first quarter," Nooksack Valley coach Tyler Mitchell said in a phone interview. "We fought back in the second quarter and cut their lead to 12 before they went on another run."

Bosscher's 15 points were good enough to make him the game's top scorer, but University Prep had four players with 12 or more points.

"This was the first game this season that (Bosscher) stepped up and did a lot of good things offensively and defensively," Mitchell said. "He was hustling and diving on the floor, especially in the second quarter when we made our run."

The Pioneers kept their turnovers down, as each team finished with 14, but lost the rebounding battle 35-16.

"(University Prep) was pretty aggressive toward the rim. ... They did a nice job crashing the boards," Mitchell said.

Nooksack Valley's next game is at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at home against Bellingham.


Nooksack Valley 4 16 5 17 - 42

Univ. Prep 30 9 16 16 - 71

Nooksack Valley: Tanner Myhre 1, Connor Beard 11, Noah Rawls 7, Aaron Bosscher 15, Eben Rossmiller 0, Shawn Goto-Gierke 2, Josh Gimmaka 8, Seth Taron 0, Jeremy Toner 0. Team totals: 15-44 10-16 42.

University Prep: Max Gregg 12, Keith Thompson 12, Tommy Kranwinkle 12, David Funer 3, Treon Triggs 13, Grey Davidson 4, Joel Walter 8. Team totals: 29-64 5-7 71.

3-ptg: Nooksack Valley 2 (Bosscher, Rawls 1), Univ. Prep 8 (3 with 2). Rebounds: Nooksack Valley 16 (Rawls 4), Univ. Prep 35 (n/a). Assists: Nooksack Valley 7 (Beard 3), Univ. Prep n/a (n/a). Fouls: Nooksack Valley 9 (Fouled out), Univ. Prep 16 (Fouled out). Turnovers: Nooksack Valley 14, Univ. Prep 14.

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