Big second half leads Lyncs over Pioneers


Lynden Christian's boys' basketball team turned its offensive intensity up in the second half and pulled away from Nooksack Valley for a 76-45 Northwest Conference win Saturday, Feb. 1, at Lynden Christian High School.

The Lyncs were led by Zach Roetcisoender's 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, all team highs.

"Nooksack had a fantastic game plan and hung tough until the middle of the third when our shots started falling," Lynden Christian coach Roger De Boer said in a phone interview. "I tip my hat to coach Mitchell and Nooksack ... the game was closer than the score indicated."

The Pioneers were led by Aaron Bosscher's 17 points.

Cody Fransen pitched in 15 points for the Lyncs, shooting 5 for 5 from the field and earning De Boer's praise for his play on defense.

Lynden Christian plays next at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Squalicum. Nooksack Valley's next game is at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Bellingham.


Nooksack Valley 12 12 9 12 - 45

Lynden Christian 19 12 25 20 - 76

Nooksack Valley: Tanner Myhre 5, Connor Beard 4, Noah Rawls 1, Aaron Bosscher 17, Eben Rossmiller 0, Josh Gimmaka 8, Seth Taron 8, Curtis Handy 2. Team totals: 14-42 13-20 45.

Lynden Christian: Josiah Meppelink 5, Jake Van Berkum 7, Dalton Lootens 6, Jake Poag 0, Zach Roetcisoender 18, Grant Wolffis 7, Josh Hornstra 7, Koy Sterk 1, Cody Fransen 15, Tanner Bouma 0, Lucas Roetcisoender 0, Josh Friberg 0. Team totals: 26-67 15-24 76.

3-ptg: Nooksack Valley 4 (Gimmaka 2), Lynden Christian 9-30 (Z. Roetcisoender, Fransen, Lootens 2). Rebounds: Nooksack Valley 37 (Taron 8), Lynden Christian 45 (Z. Roetcisoender 10). Assists: Nooksack Valley 11 (Beard 4), Lynden Christian 18 (Z. Roetcisoender 5). Fouls: Nooksack Valley 14 (Fouled out: none), Lynden Christian 15 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Nooksack Valley 17, Lynden Christian 12.

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