Bellingham came out on top 69-68 in an overtime thriller against Squalicum on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Squalicum High School.
Squalicum came out slow to start the game and faced an early 22-9 deficit after the first quarter was over.
“Bellingham came out guns blazing,” Squalicum coach Dave Dickson said in a phone interview. “(Kieran) Lewis had 10 of his 18 points in the first quarter and they were off and running.”
In the second quarter, the Storm was able to gain some ground on the Red Raiders’ before heading into the locker room down by only seven.
“We were able to chip away a bit in the second quarter,” Dickson said.
Heading into the fourth quarter, Squalicum was only down 46-42. In the last minutes of the game, Squalicum was able to find a way to extend the game.
Chris Paz was fouled late with the Storm down by one, Paz split the two free throws to tie the game and force overtime.
“Neither team gave up,” Dickson said. “Both teams were taking punches and punching right back, figuratively.”
In overtime, Squalicum took a five point lead with two minutes to play. It looked like Squalicum had the advantage and control of the game down the stretch, Dickson said.
But with 11 seconds to go, Bellingham’s Kyle Hofstetter hit a 3-pointer to bring the Red Raiders within two points. Squalicum took the ball out of bounds and the pass was intercepted by Kalien Hayes, who passed the ball to Chase Hatch who hit a baseline 3-pointer and his only points of the game to give Bellingham a one-point lead.
Squalicum took a timeout with one second to go and put up a desperation pass, but were unable to get a shot off and ultimately lost the game.
“It was a good early season game,” Dickson said. “Both teams came away from this game learning a lot, finding a way to get better and improve.”
Bellingham 69, Squalicum 68 (OT)