Meridian boys squeeze by Ferndale

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 17, 2014 

Meridian's boys' basketball team took a 53-50 Northwest Conference win over Ferndale in a back-and-forth matchup Friday, Jan. 17, at Ferndale. The Trojans were led by Alex Martin's 16 points, including three of their four 3-pointers.

Meridian coach Shane Stacy said in a phone interview that throughout the final 2 minutes and 30 seconds of the game the two teams jockeyed to get the win. The Trojans came out on top after Jake Plagerman got fouled shooting a layup and made the free throw, putting his team up 52-50.

"(Austin) Honeycutt hit some shots in the second half and (Brady) Shearer hit some big shots," Stacy said. "We turned the ball over a few times, just let their pressure get to us."

Shearer had 17 points and Honeycutt added 14 for the Golden Eagles, who are now 5-8 overall and 3-3 in NWC play.

Kyle Young added 16 more for Meridian (6-6, 3-2 NWC).

Meridian plays next at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at La Conner. Ferndale looks to bounce back at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Lynden Christian.

MERIDIAN 53, FERNDALE 50

Meridian 16 14 9 14 - 53

Ferndale 18 6 10 16 - 50

Meridian: Jake Plagerman 5, Tanner Tutterow 0, Brady Moore 0, Nick Rautenberg 3, Alex Martin 16, Sam Chambers 0, Kyle Young 16, Blake Briones 13. Team totals: 20-51 9-15 53.

Ferndale: Daniel Riley 3, Brady Shearer 17, John Weg 3, Carson Genger 0, Kier Munzanreder 2, Malik Ivory 8, Austin Honeycutt 14, Dante Kelly 2. Team totals: 17-42 14-20 50.

3-ptg: Meridian 4 (Martin 3), Ferndale 2 (Shearer 2). Rebounds: Meridian 25 (Briones 6), Ferndale 22 (Honeycutt 5). Assists: Meridian 14 (Chambers 6), Ferndale 7 (Shearer 3). Fouls: Meridian 14 (Fouled out: none), Ferndale 13 (Fouled out: Weg). Turnovers: Meridian 11, Ferndale 9.

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