Bellingham boys' basketball tops Meridian


Bellingham boys' basketball made 18 free throws on its way to a 62-53 win over Meridian on Monday, Dec. 9, at Meridian High School. The Red Raiders were led by Kyle Hofstetter's 11 points.

Meridian coach Shane Stacy said the Red Raiders drove a lot to the basket late in the game and were able to get to the free throw line.

"They were able to wear us down in the second half," Stacy said in a phone interview. "It was a matter of them being more physical than we were today."

Alex Martin and Kyle Young led the Trojans with 14 points each. Bellingham had the edge in rebounds, 27-25. Kailen Hayes led the Red Raiders with 10 boards.

Meridian's next game is at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Blaine. Bellingham plays next at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Nooksack Valley.


Bellingham 9 16 17 20 - 62

Meridian 11 12 15 15 - 53

Bellingham: Tristan Hurley 4, Amari Franklin 4, Eddie Haywood 3, Dante Check 5, Kyle Hofstetter 11, Turner Guy 2, Ryan Fox 5, Kieran Lewis 0, Kailen Hayes 28, Jakob Chamberlain 0. Team totals: 21-45 18-29 62.

Meridian: Jake Plagerman 4, Tanner Tutterow 5, Brady Moore 5, Nick Rautenberg 3, Alex Martin 14, Sam Chambers 8, Kyle Young 14, Cody Bachman 0. Team totals: 20-54 5-9 53.

3-ptg: Bellingham 2 (Kyle Hofstetter, Eddie Haywood), Meridian 8 (Alex Martin 3). Rebounds: Bellingham 27 (Kailen Hayes 10), Meridian 25 (Kyle Young 6, Alex Martin 3, Sam Chambers 3). Assists: Bellingham 4 (Kyle Hofstetter 2), Meridian 11 (Alex Martin 4). Fouls: Bellingham 13 (Fouled out), Meridian 19 (Kyle Young). Turnovers: Bellingham 12, Meridian 12.

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