Baker moves on despite late rally by Blaine

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 12, 2014 

Mount Baker's boys' basketball team withstood a late charge by Blaine to win 57-52 on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament. The Mountaineers move on and the Borderites are eliminated.

Blaine scored 27 points in the fourth quarter - the Borderites scored 25 in the first three quarters - but fell just short.

"(Blaine) did a really nice job of battling to the end," Baker coach Rob Gray said in a phone interview. "They kept fighting back and fighting back."

The Mountaineers made it difficult for Blaine all game long and Reuben Murashov (15 points), Colton Ranson (11) and TJ Bass (10) all scored in double figures. Bass also added nine rebounds.

"(They are) competing hard, trusting each other," Gray said in a phone interview. "Guys are stepping up and doing their job. They want to keep playing together and doing what they have to."

The Borderites were led by Ryan Randell, Carson Knutzen and Anthony Ball - they all scored 10 points. Ball also added 12 rebounds.

Baker plays Lynden Christian on Friday, Feb. 14.

MOUNT BAKER 57, BLAINE 52

Mount Baker 10 21 10 16 - 57

Blaine 6 12 7 27 - 52

Mount Baker: Isaac Gilmore 5, Reuben Murashov 15, Drew Nicol 0, Seth Bass 7, Colton Ranson 11, Conner Brandland 5, Josh Barbo 0, Andrew Zender 0, T.J Bass 10, Grant Balvanz 4. Team totals: 19-60 13-18 57.

Blaine: Sean Herrig 6, Ryan Randell 10, Carson Knutzen 10, Jalen Kortlever 0, Ben Hodgin 7, Anthony Ball 10, Shaq Woods 7, Jon Fakkema 0, Josh Fakkema 2. Team totals: 19-62 9-15 52.

3-ptg: Mount Baker 6 (Reuben Murashov 3), Blaine 5 (Ryan Randell 2, Sean Herrig 2). Rebounds: Mount Baker 41 (T.J. Bass 9), Blaine 40 (Anthony Ball 12). Assists: Mount Baker 15 (Isaac Gilmore 5), Blaine 13 (Jalen Kortlever 3). Fouls: Mount Baker 13, Blaine 16. Turnovers: Mount Baker 18, Blaine 16.

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