Ferndale boys' basketball overcomes slow start to beat Mount Baker 77-46

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 19, 2013 

The Ferndale boys' basketball team used a dominant second-quarter performance to build a big first-half lead and cruised in the second half to a 77-46 win during both teams' Northwest Conference opener Thursday, Dec. 19, at Ferndale High School.

The Golden Eagles (3-3, 1-0 NWC) trailed the Mountaineers (1-3, 0-1 NWC) 13-10 after the first quarter but responded by outscoring Baker 20-3 in the second.

"I think that quarter we came out a little flat," Ferndale coach Monte Walton said in a phone interview. "Maybe it was that big win Tuesday night, but the second quarter we really started making the extra pass."

Austin Honeycutt scored a game-high 23 points and hauled in a team-best 12 rebounds. Brady Shearer scored 13 points, and Daniel Riley added 11 points and seven assists.

Mount Baker's Reuben Murashov scored a team-high 10 points and was the only Mountaineer to reach double figures. He also grabbed 12 rebounds.

FERNDALE 77, BAKER 46

Ferndale 10 20 28 19 - 77

Mount Baker 13 3 20 10 - 46

Ferndale: Sky Freeman 3, Daniel Riley 11, Brady Shearer 13, John Weg 4, Carson Genger 0, Kier Munzanreder 8, Malik Ivory 0, Austin Honeycutt 23, Winterhawk Leighton 4, Dane Larsen 3, Dante Kelly 8. Team totals: 30-52 6-10 77.

Mount Baker: Isaac Gilmore 2, Reuben Murashov 10, Keenan Gray 0, Cody Larsen 2, Seth Bass 8, Colton Ranson 2, Conner Brandland 9, Josh Barbo 2, Andrew Zender 8. Mason Bass 2, Dominic Madden 1 Team totals: 19-35 4-18 46.

3-ptg: Ferndale 11 (Shearer 3), Mount Baker 2 (S. Bass 2). Rebounds: Ferndale 40 (Honeycutt 12), Mount Baker 32 (Murashov 12). Assists: Ferndale 16 (Ivory/Riley 7), Mount Baker 12 (Gilmore 4). Fouls: Ferndale 20, Mount Baker 13. Turnovers: Ferndale 14, Mount Baker 12.

Corrected spelling of Larsen on Jan. 14.

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