Lynden-Sumner basketball capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 28, 2014 

Nickname: Lions (19-3)

Enrollment: 592

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1 (finished first in bi-district tournament)

State appearances: 46 (107-58)

State titles: 8 (1961, 1962, 1968, 1981, 1991, 1992, 2007, 2012)

Coach: Brian Roper

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Jaremy Martin G Sr. 6-2 10.1

Jordan Wittenberg G So. 6-0 7.0

Sterling Somers G So. 6-4 14.1

Jalani Phelps F Sr. 6-3 7.3

Scott Hastings F Jr. 6-7 13.5

Scouting the Lions: Lynden is coming off a Class 2A Bi-District title after beating Lake Washington 57-53 last week. The Lions welcomed back Scott Hastings from a wrist injury, and the Lynden junior provided a major lift. At 6-foot-7, Hastings is a tough matchup, and sophomore Sterling Somers gives the Lions a strong perimeter weapon. Jaremy Martin is a seasoned player who handles Lynden's ball-handling duties and has the ability to attack the rim.

Key to the game: The Lions have allowed only 46.9 points per game this season, but they face two strong scorers in Sumner guard Riley Bruil and forward Tristan Pearson. If Lynden can slow down the duo, they should be in good shape.

Player to watch: Sterling Somers leads the Lions in scoring, and he's surpassed his 14.1 average each of the last seven games.

Key Stats: 30, combined number of points Lynden beat Sumner by during regionals in 2012 and 2013.

Scoring Avg: 57.4

Opp Avg: 46.9

Nickname: Spartans (18-8)

Enrollment: 1,199

League: SPSL 2A/3A

District: 3 (finished fifth in district tournament)

State appearances: 11 (10-15)

State titles: 0

Coach: Brett McDaniel

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG

Riley Bruil G Jr. 6-0 N/A

Jace Johnson G Jr. 6-0 N/A

Tyson Birrer G Jr. 6-0 N/A

Tristan Pearson F Sr. 6-4 N/A

Seth Carnahan F Fr. 6-6 N/A

Scouting the Spartans: Sumner enters Saturday's state regional matchup with Lynden as winners of 10 of its last 12 games. The Spartans snapped a league-title draught by winning the SPSL for the first time in 35 years. Junior guard Riley Bruil is the Spartans' top backcourt threat, while senior Tristan Pearson can score in the post. Freshman 6-foot-6 forward Seth Carnahan isn't a big-time scorer, but he gives Sumner a lot of size in the paint.

Key to the game: Does Sumner have an answer for Scott Hastings? Seth Carnahan is only a freshman and will most likely be matched up with the Lynden junior. If the Spartans can take away Hastings and limit Sterling Somers, another Lion will have to step up.

Player to watch: Riley Bruil has played well of late and will look to keep his strong season going.

Key Stats: 8, number of 20-plus point wins Sumner has had this season

Scoring Avg: 57.3

Opp Avg: 45.5

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