Bellingham boys win tight game over Blaine

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 9, 2014 

BELLINGHAM 70, BLAINE 68

Bellingham's boys' basketball team pulled off a 70-68 victory over Blaine in a Northwest Conference showdown Thursday, Jan. 9, at Blaine High School. The Red Raiders were led by Kailen Hayes' 17 points.

"It was a scrappy game. There were a lot of fouls and it was back and forth all the way," Blaine coach Shaun Pile said in a phone interview. The two teams combined for 48 fouls in the game.

Josiah Westbrook led the Borderites with 21 points, and Sean Herrig added 14, including all four of Blaine's 3-pointers.

"Herrig hit some shots that really boosted us," Pile said. "The energy and effort we had (on defense) was the key to being in the game. The defense in the third really keyed our run, but then we had to foul a lot."

Blaine (4-6, 1-3 NWC) held Bellingham (7-5, 2-2 NWC) to just 11 points in the third. Bellingham responded by outscoring Blaine 22-14 in the fourth quarter.

Bellingham's next game is at home at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, against Squalicum. Blaine plays next at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at home against Ferndale.

BELLINGHAM 70, BLAINE 68

Bellingham 18 19 11 22 - 70

Blaine 15 22 17 14 - 68

Bellingham: Tristan Hurley 8, Amari Franklin 9, Eddie Haywood 0, Dante Check 13, Kyle Hofstetter 4, Ryan Fox 11, Kieran Lewis 6, Kailen Hayes 17, Jakob Chamberlain 5. Team totals: n/a-n/a 21-33 70.

Blaine: Josiah Westbrook 21, Sean Herrig 14, Cole Muder 2, Ryan Randell 4, Carson Knutzen 2, Ben Hodgin 8, Anthony Ball 7, Shaq Woods 9, Jon Fakkema 1. Team totals: 22-65 20-30 68.

3-ptg: Bellingham 9 (Check, Fox, Hayes 3), Blaine 4 (Herrig 4). Rebounds: Bellingham 30 (Chamberlin 9), Blaine 40 (Woods, Hodgin 9). Assists: Bellingham 9 (Hurley, Hofstetter 3), Blaine 8 (Westbrook, Randell 2). Fouls: Bellingham 25 (Fouled out: none), Blaine 23 (Fouled out: Ball). Turnovers: Bellingham 19, Blaine 10.

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