Bellingham boys' defense shuts down Meridian


Bellingham's boys' basketball team earned a 66-57 win over Meridian in a Northwest Conference game Monday, Jan. 6, at Bellingham High School. The Red Raiders were led by Tristan Hurley's 16 points and three assists in the win.

"It was a hard-fought battle, Meridian made a lot of shots early," Bellingham coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview. "They did a good job executing their stuff. We needed to pick up the defensive intensity and did in the third, which helped extend our lead in the third and fourth."

Alex Martin and Blake Briones led the Trojans with 13 points apiece. McKay said Dante Check's defense on Martin was a key to Bellingham's win.

The two teams combined for 39 fouls in the game, but just 15 turnovers.

Bellingham's next game is at 7:15 Thursday, Jan. 9, at Blaine. Meridian plays next at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Squalicum.


Meridian 17 14 9 17 - 57

Bellingham 21 12 12 21 - 66

Meridian: Jake Plagerman 2, Tanner Tutterow 5, Brady Moore 2, Nick Rautenberg 2, Alex Martin 13, Sam Chambers 9, Kyle Young 11, Cody Bachman 0, Blake Briones 13. Team totals: 21-59 11-22 57.

Bellingham: Tristan Hurley 16, Amari Franklin 0, Eddie Haywood 0, Dante Check 9, Kyle Hofstetter 10, Turner Guy 2, Ryan Fox 14, Kieran Lewis 2, Kailen Hayes 13, Jakob Chamberlain 0. Team totals: 22-45 17-29 66.

3-ptg: Meridian 4 (Briones 2), Bellingham 5 (Check 2). Rebounds: Meridian 34 (K. Young 9), Bellingham 28 (Check 10). Assists: Meridian 4 (Four with 1), Bellingham 6 (Hurley 3). Fouls: Meridian 22 (Fouled out: none), Bellingham 17 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Meridian 6, Bellingham 9.

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