Trojans second-half pressure gets to shorthanded Borderites

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 24, 2014 

Meridian's boys' basketball team topped Blaine, which was without its top two scorers, 49-38 on Friday, Jan. 24, at Meridian.

The Trojans were led by Alex Martin's 17 points and a defense that forced 23 turnovers.

"The pressure in the second half got to Blaine," Meridian coach Shane Stacy said in a phone interview. "We were all getting deflections and hands on the basketball."

Shaq Woods and Josiah Westbrook, the Borderites top two scorers, didn't play in the game but that didn't stop Stacy from saying Blaine has one of the best team chemistries he's seen.

"That's the best Blaine group I've seen in a long time," Stacy said.

The Borderites (5-10, NWC 2-6) take on Mount Baker Monday, Jan. 27, on the road. The Trojans (8-7, NWC 4-3) face Burlington-Edison Tuesday, Jan. 28, at home.

MERIDIAN 49, BLAINE 38

Blaine 8 8 5 17 - 38

Meridian 11 5 14 19 - 49

Blaine: Sean Herrig 10, Dustin Sadnick 0, Cole Muder 0, Ryan Randell 0, Carson Knutzen 20, Jalen Kortlever 0, Ben Hodgin 6, Anthony Ball 2, Jon Fakkema 0. Team totals: 15-46 7-10 38.

Meridian: Jake Plagerman 3, Tanner Tutterow 0, Brady Moore 0, Nick Rautenberg 6, Alex Martin 17, Sam Chambers 2, Kyle Young 8, Derek Campfield 2, Cody Bachman 2, Dan Young 1, Devyn Holmes 0. Blake Briones 8. Team totals: 13-36 21-32 49.

3-ptg: Blaine 1 (Herrig 1), Meridian 2 (Briones 2). Rebounds: Blaine 26 (Hodgin 9), Meridian 28 (Chambers 8). Assists: Blaine 7 (Hodgin 3), Meridian 8 (Martin 4). Fouls: Blaine 17 ), Meridian 12 (Fouled out). Turnovers: Blaine 23, Meridian 13.

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