Missed opportunities burn Lions in 3OT loss to Sedro-Woolley

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 11, 2014 

LYNDEN - Maybe heading on the road to try and capture a state tournament berth isn't such bad news for the Lions.

With a chance for the No. 2-ranked Lions to earn a home district playoff game, it was déjà vu in "The Jake".

Lynden, for the second time this season, was at the free-throw line needing to convert one of two free throws to seal a victory. And again, the Lions couldn't put the game away.

Just like the one-point loss Lynden suffered to Anacortes nearly a month ago, a tremendous missed opportunity from the charity stripe cost the Lions in front of their home crowd.

Lynden also wasn't able to execute on the final possession of the first and second overtime, and Sedro-Woolley standout Jackson Price made the Lions pay with a game-clinching 3-pointer during the third overtime of a wild 67-64 Northwest Conference regular-season finale loss for the Lions on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Jake Maberry Gymnasium.

"There were so many times in the game and in overtime it was one possession here and there," Lynden coach Brian Roper said. "Price made a big 3 in the (third) overtime. We certainly had our chances, but when you shoot 6 of 18 from the foul line, you really make it tough on yourself, and that's what we did."

The loss bumped Lynden (16-3, 9-3 NWC) into the NWC's No. 3 seed, and the Lions will travel to play Archbishop Murphy in the first round of the Class 2A Bi-District Tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Archbishop Murphy High School.

Lynden's Sterling Somers led the Lions with 20 points, Jaremy Martin and Jordan Wittenberg each scored 11 and Parker Harrison added eight and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Price, the NWC-leading scorer, compiled a game-high 32 points, but no bucket was more important than his triple with 5 seconds to go in overtime No. 3.

Holding the ball at half court for the final shot, Price attacked with 8 seconds left, made a step-back move to get behind the 3-point arc and scored to finally put the game away. Somers got a decent look for 3 from the right elbow, but his shot bounced off the front of the rim as time expired.

The three overtime periods could have been avoided, though, if Wittenberg could have made one of his two free throws with the game tied at 47 with 1.7 seconds left in regulation.

Martin rebounded a missed Price jumper with 7 seconds to go and then found Wittenberg streaking down the court. The sophomore guard was fouled on a layup attempt, but the air went out of the home crowd as both his free throws rimmed out.

"It just came down to execution, and this one got away from us," Somers said. "We had lots of chances to win."

Lynden had the ball for the final possession in the first overtime, but Somers turned the ball over as he lost control of the ball while driving to the basket. The Lions settled for a less-than-optimal shot at the conclusion of the second OT.

Neither club was able to separate from the other in regulation.

Sedro-Woolley's largest lead was five points, which happened multiple times in the second quarter. Lynden's biggest advantage was four points after senior Jalani Phelps converted a three-point play to give the Lions a 35-31 lead with 3:13 to go in the third quarter.

Lynden held a 39-37 advantage heading into the fourth, but Price put the Cubs in front 43-42 with 3:55 left when he drilled a step-back 3.

Phelps and Trey Shagren were tasked with guarding the 5-foot-10 junior guard. Although Roper praised Shagren's effort, Price still got his points.

Trailing 47-45, Somers made a driving layup to tie the game with 1:30 left. It was the final bucket before overtime.

"I'm proud of their effort," Roper said. "It's OK to be disappointed tonight, but by tomorrow they need to change their focus to playing Saturday."

Reach Andrew Lang at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call 360-756-2862. Follow @bhamsports on Twitter for Whatcom County sports updates.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY 67, LYNDEN 64 (3OT)

Sedro-Woolley 14 13 10 10 5 6 9- 67

Lynden 11 15 13 8 5 6 6 - 64

Sedro-Woolley: Blaine Hindman 11, Ethan Isakson 2, Jackson Price 32, Will Enniss 2, Anthony Cann 0, Mason Elms 18, Chad Wilburg 2. Team Totals: 23-55 17-26 67

Lynden: Jordan Wittenberg 11, Parker Harrison 8, Sterling Somers 20, Trey Shagren 1, Jaremy Martin 11, Jalani Phelps 9, Caden Lair 2. Team totals: 26-64 6-18 64.

3-ptg: Sedro-Woolley 4 (Price 4), Lynden 6 (Wittenberg 3). Rebounds: Sedro-Woolley 27 (Hindman/Enniss 6), Lynden 40 (Harrison 13). Assists: Sedro-Woolley 5 (Elms 3), Lynden 11 (Martin 6). Fouls: Sedro-Woolley 14, Lynden 21 (Phelps). Turnovers: Sedro-Woolley 12, Lynden 13.

CLASS 2A BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
Saturday, Feb. 15
Cedarcrest at Anacortes, 7 p.m.
Lake Washington at Sedro-Woolley, 7 p.m.
Lynden at Archbishop Murphy, 7 p.m.
Sehome at Sultan, 7 p.m.

SEEDING
KingoCo No 1 seed: Lake Washington
NWC No. 1 seed: Anacortes
NWC No. 2 seed: Sedro-Woolley
NWC No. 3 seed: Lynden
NWC No. 4 seed: Sehome
CC No. 1 seed: Sultan
CC No. 2 seed: Archbishop Murphy
CC No. 3 seed: Cedarcrest

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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