Murashov scores 35, Baker tops Bellingham


Reuben Murashov dominated and Mount Baker's boys' basketball team defeated Bellingham 79-66 on Friday, Feb. 7, at Mount Baker.

Murashov scored 35 points, including 24 in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Murashov also sank four 3-pointers.

"He basically took over the game in the second half," Baker coach Rob Gray said in a phone interview.

The Mountaineers were down 36-28 at halftime, but a halftime talk focused on defense spurred Baker to outscore Bellingham 51-30 in the second half.

"We talked about shoring up defensive effort and playing with energy," Gray said. "We made sure we competed and continued to keep moving the ball to find the open man."

Bellingham's Ryan Fox sank five 3-pointers of his own on his way to 23 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Hoffstetter also put up nine assists for the Red Raiders.

Mount Baker (3-17, NWC 2-10) plays King's on Monday, Feb. 10, for the first round of the 1A district tournament.


Bellingham 18 18 14 16 - 66

Baker 13 15 21 30 - 79

Bellingham: Tristan Hurley 15, Amari Franklin 0, Eddie Haywood 0, Dante Check 12, Kyle Hofstetter 6, Ryan Fox 23, Kieran Lewis 0, Josh Grimm 0, Jakob Chamberlin 10. Team totals: 27-59 6-8 66.

Mount Baker: Isaac Gilmore 2, Reuben Murashov 35, Drew Nicol 10, Cody Larson 0, Seth Bass 10, Colton Ranson 10, Conner Brandland 5, Josh Barbo 0, Andrew Zender 7. Team totals: 28-61 14-19 79.

3-ptg: Bellingham 6 (Fox 5), Baker 6 (Murashov 4). Rebounds: Bellingham 24 (Fox 8), Baker 33 (Murashov 11). Assists: Bellingham 15 (Hoffstetter 9), Baker 18 (Nicol 7). Fouls: Bellingham 18, Baker 12. Turnovers: Bellingham 14, Baker 13.

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