Meridian falls short in district championship

February 15, 2014 

KING’S 59, MERIDIAN 34

Meridian’s boys’ basketball Class 1A Northwest District championship run fell just short, as the Trojans lost to King’s 59-34 on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Mountlake Terrace High School.

“That’s a very, very good team,” Meridian coach Shane Stacy said in a phone interview. “They are the longest team we’ve faced all year and it makes things difficult.”

The Trojans hung even in the first quarter, taking the lead 9-8 but it was all King’s from there.

“Our guys showed up ready to play,” Stacy said. “We put ourselves in a good situation.”

Blake Briones and Alex Martin combined for 28 of the Trojans’ 34 points. Martin also added six rebounds and Briones added three assists.

“Blake had a great game attacking the rim,” Stacy said.

The Trojans have nothing to hang their heads about, Stacy said.

“We missed a couple things here and there, and they can make you pay for the smallest mistake.”

Meridian plays on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the first round of the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament.

KING’S 59, MERIDIAN 34 Meridian 9 4 13 8 — 34 King’s 8 16 18 17 — 59 Meridian: Jake Plagerman 2, Tanner Tutterow 0, Brady Moore 0, Nick Rautenberg 0, Alex Martin 14, Sam Chambers 4, Kyle Young 0, Derek Campfield 0, Cody Bachman 0, Devyn Holmes 0. Blake Briones 14. Team totals: 12-39 7-11 34. King’s : Wilkins 4, Jones 6, Bundrant 9, Barhanovich 2, Cory Kispert 17, Alexander 1, Muri 3, Doughty 7, Calvin Kispert 8, Stack 2, Storkson 0, Mitchell 0. Team totals: 20-48 13-18 59. 3-ptg: Meridian 3 (Martin 2), King’s 6 (Cory Kispert 2). Rebounds: Meridian 25 (Martin 6), King’s 27 (Calvin Kispert 8). Assists: Meridian 8 (Briones 3), King’s 9 (Barhanovich 3). Fouls: Meridian 13 (Fouled out: none), King’s 15 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Meridian 18, King’s 12.

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