Check, Red Raiders can't get by Tigers


Bellingham's boys' basketball team competed but couldn't pick up the win on the road as the Red Raiders fell 70-52 to Burlington-Edison on Friday, Jan. 31, at Burlington-Edison.

"We battled hard in the first half," Bellingham coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview. "We were in it but we got in foul trouble and got in weird situations matchup wise."

The Tigers scored 25 "hustle points" (second-chance points and points off turnovers) compared to zero for the Red Raiders, a stat McKay pointed to as the game breaker.

"That's 25 points right there, that's the difference in the game," he said.

Dante Check played well in the victory, though, as he scored 19 points for Bellingham.

"He had a really good night," McKay said. "He shot it well; he was active on the boards. He gave us a great chance to be in it."

Bellingham (7-11, NWC 2-8) faces Nooksack Valley on Monday, Feb. 3, at home.


Bellingham 13 14 15 10 -52

Burlington-Edison 18 16 15 21 - 70

Bellingham: Tristan Hurley 5, Amari Franklin 4, Eddie Haywood 0, Dante Check 19, Kyle Hofstetter 5, Ryan Fox 5, Kieran Lewis 10, Josh Grimm 0, Jakob Chamberlin 4. Team totals: 23-61 4-7 52.

Burlington-Edison: Blake Dimock 2, Carlos Navarro 0, Rudy Mataya 13, Denton Atkinson 0, Isaak Davies 20, Blake Rawlins 8, Jacob Kamps 15, Nic Metcalf 0, Tarren Lautenbach 12, Jacob Hanson 0, Lopez 0. Team Totals: 28-64 10-23 70.

3-ptg: Bellingham 2 (Check, Hurley 1), Burlington-Edison 4 (Rawlins 2). Rebounds: Bellingham 36 (Fox, Chamberlain 8), Burlington-Edison 43 (Lautenbach 11). Assists: Bellingham 6 (Check 2), Burlington-Edison 4 (Davies 2). Fouls: Bellingham 20 (Chamberlain), Burlington-Edison 11. Turnovers: Bellingham 10, Burlington-Edison 7.

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