Westbrook's 43 leads Borderites to overtime victory

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 21, 2013 

Josiah Westbrook scored 43 points to lead Blaine's boys' basketball team to a 72-70 victory over Mount Baker in overtime on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Westbrook shot 17 of 20 from the foul stripe on his way to a remarkable day.

"He did a good job of getting aggressive," Blaine coach Shaun Pile said in a phone interview. "He attacked the rim and when he didn't get the call, he was able to finish."

Baker's Reuben Murashov scored seven of the Mountaineers' 13 points in the extra period after only scoring two in regulation, but the Borderites were able to hold off for the win.

"We really keyed in on him," Pile said. "It's definitely a confidence booster heading into the break."

Baker's perimeter shooting almost stole the show, as the Mountaineers hit eight 3-pointers. Colton Ranson and Seth Bass each hit three from beyond the arc on their way to 19 and 15 points, respectively.

The Mountaineers (1-4) take to the road to play Sehome on Monday, Dec. 30. The Borderites (2-4) host the Blaine Holiday Classic on Friday, Dec. 27.

BLAINE 72, MOUNT BAKER 70 (OT)

Baker 13 21 12 11 13 - 70

Blaine 12 16 9 20 15- 72

Mount Baker: Isaac Gilmore 8, Reuben Murashov 9, Cody Larson 0, Seth Bass 15, Colton Ranson 19, Conner Brandland 14, Josh Barbo 0, Andrew Zender 5. Team totals: FT: 16-25 70.

Blaine: Josiah Westbrook 43, Sean Herrig 2, Cole Muder 0, Ryan Randell 0, Carson Knutzen 12, Ben Hodgin 0, Anthony Ball 3, Shaq Woods 10, Jon Sackkena 2. Team totals: 24-65 22-32 72.

3-ptg: Baker 8 (Seth Bass, Colton Ranson 3), Blaine 2 (Josiah Westbrook 2). Rebounds: Baker 30 (Conner Brandland 9), Blaine 40 (Shaq Woods 16). Assists: Baker n/a, Blaine 7 (Josiah Westbrook 3). Fouls: Baker 25 (Isaac Gilmore, Seth Bass), Blaine 20. Turnovers: Baker 25, Blaine 20.

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