Lynden squeaks out a win at bi-district tournament



The Lynden boys' basketball team need a big second-half comeback, but scrapped out a 37-36 win over Archbishop Murphy in the first round of the Class 2A Bi-District tournament on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Archbishop Murphy.

Sterling Somers led the charge for the Lions with 22 points.

Down 20-10 at the half, the Lions suddenly came to life in the third period with a 19-point outburst. They were able to follow that up in the fourth to edge the Wildcats and advance to the bi-district semifinals.

"I don't think we really got off the bus until after halftime," Lynden coach Brian Roper said in a phone interview. "We had a lot more energy in the third. That's when Sterling had 17 of his 22 points."

Roper said his team was self-motivated at halftime to bounce back from the slow start.

"Sometimes you have to create your own momentum with effort plays," he said. "This time of the year is about finding a way to win and our guys did that."

Lynden takes on Anacortes in the bi-district semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Anacortes.


Lynden 5 5 19 8 - 37

Archbishop Murphy 11 9 10 6 - 36

Lynden: Jordan Wittenberg 5, Parker Harrison 3, Sterling Somers 22, Trey Shagren 0, Jaremy Martin 3, Jalani Phelps 2, Caden Lair 0. Team totals: 13-44 7-15 37.

Archbishop: Lucas 10, Rogge 1, White 11, Longoria 2, Parafina 10, Gurley 2. Team totals: 15-42 3-7 36.

3-ptg: Lynden 4 (Somers 3), Archbishop 3 (Parafina 2). Rebounds: Lynden 33 (Shagren, Phelps 6), Archbishop 29 (Lucas 7). Assists: Lynden 11 (Martin 5), Archbishop 8 (Gurley 3). Fouls: Lynden 11 (Fouled out: none), Archbishop 13 (Fouled out: none). Turnovers: Lynden 4, Archbishop 9.

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