Blaine boys squeak out win over Mount Baker

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 27, 2014 

Blaine's boys' basketball team snuck out a 59-58 Northwest Conference win over Mount Baker on Monday, Jan. 27, at Mount Baker High School. The Borderites were led by Sean Herrig's career-high 24 points.

"Herrig hit a stretch of four 3-pointers in a row and that brought us back in the game," Blaine coach Shaun Pile said in a phone interview.

Pile said the game was back and forth, with the Mountaineers claiming an early 12-point lead to put the Borderites on their heels. Late in the game Blaine made its free throws and Mount Baker leading scorer Reuben Murashov missed a shot in the final seconds that would have won it for his team.

"Murashov put them on his back in the second half and we didn't have an answer for him," Pile said. "We were prepared for a dogfight. Anytime you play Mount Baker, it's going to be scrappy."

Carson Knutzen had his second-straight 20 point game for Blaine.

The Borderites play next at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at home against Lynden. Mount Baker plays its next game at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at home against Squalicum.

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