Hastings' big night lifts Lions to 2A title game (w/game video)

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 7, 2014 

YAKIMA - Just like the football team, the Lynden boys' basketball team, which is composed of nearly all gridiron players, will play for a Class 2A state championship.

And the Lions channeled their football toughness during a tense, physical matchup against familiar opponent Lake Washington.

"You know, we kind of saw that coming," said Lions junior forward Scott Hastings of the physical play, "because we played them last time, and it was the same thing, kind of physical. They play a different style of basketball, and we adjusted to it really good."

Lynden went through its big man in the middle to get the job done, again shut down another high-scoring offense and etched its place in the 2A title game with a 49-37 Class 2A State Tournament semifinal win late Friday evening, March 7, at the Yakima SunDome.

Lynden (22-3) will play defending state champion Pullman at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, for a chance to win its first state title since beating White River in 2012. Pullman beat Anacortes 57-43 in the other 2A semifinal.

Hastings put together a double-double effort with game highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Sterling Somers added nine points and nine rebounds, and Jalani Phelps added 11 points.

"It was awesome," said Hastings of playing a key role in the win. "I felt like I kind of needed to do it sometime coming up. It was awesome. I loved it."

Hastings picked a good time.

Lynden beat the Kangaroos 57-53 two weeks ago for the District 1/2 championship game, and the Lions knew, from that matchup, they could exploit Hastings' big body in the middle against Lake Washington.

He was as valuable on the offensive end as he was on defense. Lynden ran a zone most of the game, and it gave Lake Washington fits.

The Kangaroos entered the Hardwood Classic averaging 63.8 points, and the Lions defense limited Lake Washington to a 22.6 percent field-goal percentage.

It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Kangaroos recorded a double-digit scoring quarter.

"We really pride ourselves in defense," Hastings said. "Coach (Kent) Victor really does a good job with us. He really studies film really hard and helps us prepare for what we are going to see."

That was evident Friday.

The Lions only trailed once in the game when the Kangaroos hit a jumper right before the first-quarter buzzer sounded to take a 9-8 lead. Once Somers scored 45 seconds into the second, Lynden never relinquished its advantage.

Lake Washington cut its deficit to 23-21 early in the third quarter, but the Lions went on a key 8-0 run to put distance between themselves and the Kangaroos.

Somers started it off with a 3, and Trey Shagren followed the sophomore's triple with one of his own. Phelps then got open for a layup, pushing Lynden's lead to 31-21 with 2:45 left in the third quarter.

Lynden's physicality slowly wore Lake Washington down, and the Lions were in the bonus with just under five minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

"We knew we had inside position on them," Hastings said, "so we really wanted to attack them and get them in foul trouble. We knew we could knock down our free throws."

Lake Washington made a 3-pointer with 3:05 left to cut the deficit to 40-35, but Phelps scored a bucket followed by a free throw and a short jumper from Hastings to seal the win and a berth in the state-title game.

"It feels awesome, because we won it in football and we're right back here for basketball," Hastings said. "I think we can do it."

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

Class 2A State Tournament Championship

3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at SunDome

Lynden vs. Pullman

Looking ahead: Defending state champions Pullman beat Anacortes 57-43 during the Class 2A State Tournament semifinals. The Greyhounds led the Seahawks 22-17 at half and held Anacortes to 34 percent shooting. Pullman's David Ungerer scored a game-high 18 points, Race Martin scored 12, Micah Lagerquist added 11 and Tanner Therrien chipped in 10. Pullman outrebounded Anacortes 34-22.

Beyond the Box: Lynden limited Lake Washington to 22.6 percent shooting from the field and owned a plus-11 rebounding margin.

Quoteable: "It feels awesome, because we won it for football and we're right back here for basketball. I think we can do it." - Scott Hastings

LYNDEN 49, LAKE WASHINGTON 37

L. Washington 9 9 8 11 - 37

Lynden 8 15 12 15 - 49

FG FT Reb

L. WASHINGTON M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Wonjum Im 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0

Jeffrey Staudacher 2-10 3-3 1-3 1 4 9

Quentin Moore 4-9 2-2 1-2 3 5 10

Neema Hodaie 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 3 0

Drew Heimdahl 2-16 0-0 1-7 2 2 4

Kelly Guy 4-14 5-6 4-6 2 2 14

Austin Glenn 0-3 0-0 0-2 0 4 0

Sahil Basera 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Team 3-8

Totals 12-53 10-11 10-31 8 22 37

Percentages: FG .226, FT .909. 3-Point FG: 3-22, .136 (Staudacher 2-10, Moore 0-3, Hoadie 0-1, Heimdahl 0-5, Guy 1-3). Blocked Shots: 3 (Moore 1, Glenn 2). Steals: 3 (Heimdahl 1, Guy 2). Turnovers: 8 (Staudacher 1, Moore 3, Hoadie 1, Guy 2, Team 1).

FG FT Reb

LYNDEN M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Jordan Wittenburg 0-1 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Noah King 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Parker Harrison 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0

Sterling Somers 3-7 1-2 1-9 0 5 9

Trey Shagren 2-4 2-2 0-3 2 2 7

Andrew Kivlign 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Jaremy Martin 1-6 1-5 3-8 5 2 3

Scott Hastings 6-15 8-11 5-12 3 2 20

Jalani Phelps 4-7 3-4 2-4 0 3 11

Connor Shine 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Caden Lair 0-0 0-2 0-1 0 0 0

Davis Bode 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Team 0-3

Totals 16-40 15-26 11-42 10 16 50

Percentages: FG .400, FT .577. 3-Point FG: 3-9, .333 (Wittenburg 0-1, Somers 2-3, Shagren 1-1, Martin 0-2, Hastings 0-2). Blocked Shots: 4 (Somers 1, Martin 1, Somers 2). Steals: 4 (Wittenburg 1, Martin 1, Hastings 2). Turnovers: 14 (Wittenburg 2, Somers 5, Martin 3, Hastings 2, Phelps 2).


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