Trojans' balanced attack finishes on top of back-and-forth battle


Meridian's boys' basketball team battled through a back-and-forth affair to snag a 61-51 win over Burlington-Edison on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Meridian.

The Trojans got off to a quick start with an 11-point lead after one quarter, but didn't score again until three minutes left in the second, giving up the established lead. The second half went much the same way until a 12-0 run to end the game stole the victory for Meridian.

"Defensively, the communication on defense helped that run," Meridian coach Shane Stacy said in a phone interview. "Then we had big rebounds and we got to the hoop and took smart shots."

Meridian was led by four scorers in double figures - Alex Martin (13), Sam Chambers (13), Blake Briones (13) and Jake Plagerman (12). Chambers, Martin and Kyle Young all had four assists as well.

"We had all of our starters contribute," Stacy said. "There wasn't one person. These guys played with a lot of confidence and it was fun to be part of it."

The Trojans (9-7, NWC 5-3) face Lynden Christian on Thursday, Jan. 30, at home.


Burlington-Edison 11 17 13 10 - 51

Meridian 22 5 20 14 - 61

Burlington-Edison: Blake Dimock 0, Carlos Navarro 6, Rudy Mataya 4, Isaak Davies 22, Blake Rawlins 3, Jacob Kamps 14, Tarren Lautenbach 2. Team Totals: 14-38 20-23 51

Meridian: Jake Plagerman 12, Tanner Tutterow 0, Nick Rautenberg 2, Alex Martin 13, Sam Chambers 13, Kyle Young 8, Blake Briones 13. Team totals: 26-51 4-10 61.

3-ptg: Burlington-Edison 3 (Navarro 2), Meridian 5 (Briones, Plagerman 2). Rebounds: Burlington-Edison 17 (Mataya 7), Meridian 27 (Plagerman, Kyle Young 6). Assists: Burlington-Edison 8 (Navarro 3), Meridian 14 (Chambers, Martin, K. Young 4). Fouls: Burlington-Edison 10 (Fouled out), Meridian 14 (Fouled out). Turnovers: Burlington-Edison 13, Meridian 10.

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