Baker loses opening game to La Conner

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 14, 2013 

Mount Baker's boys' basketball team got into foul trouble and eventually suffered the 45-40 loss to La Conner on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Mount Baker High School.

The Mountaineers committed 25 fouls and La Conner took 34 shots from the free-throw line.

"We just kept fouling," Baker coach Rob Gray said in a phone interview.

Colton Ranson was forced to take over the point guard role - a position he normally doesn't play - due to the foul trouble the Mountaineers were in.

"Colton Ranson did a good job of playing the point," Gray said.

A weak spot of Baker was the lack of handling the ball, as they turned it over 17 times.

"We really struggled offensively," Gray said. "We turned the ball over way too much."

Baker (0-1) faces Lynden on Saturday, Dec. 14, at home.

LA CONNER 45, MOUNT BAKER 40

La Conner 5 20 13 7 - 45

Mount Baker 13 6 12 9 - 40

La Conner: Finley 5, Kruger 6, Hulbert 6, Zavala 20, Ebersole 3, James 2, Sherman 2, Swanson 0. Team totals: 12-44 16-34 45.

Mount Baker: Isaac Gilmore 2, Reuben Murashov 15, Drew Nicol 3, Cody Larson 0, Seth Bass 4, Colton Ranson 5, Conner Brandland 6, Josh Barbo 1, Andrew Zender 4. Team totals: 16-46 3-8 40.

3-ptg: La Conner 4 (Zavala 2), Mount Baker 3 (Reuben Murashov, Drew Nicol, Colton Ranson 1). Rebounds: La Conner 41, Mount Baker 42 (Conner Brandland 10). Assists: La Conner 12 (Finley 4), Mount Baker 8 (Colton Ranson 2). Fouls: La Conner 13, Mount Baker 25 (Isaac Gilmore, Drew Nicol, Seth Bass). Turnovers: La Conner 15, Mount Baker 17.

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