Bellingham’s boys’ basketball team struggled putting the ball in the basket in its 62-43 defeat against Lynden Christian on Monday, Dec. 15, at Bellingham High School.
The Lyncs’ Jake Poag and Zach Roetcisoender led the game with 17 points and 12 points, respectively. The Red Raiders’ Logan Schilder led the team with 11 points, followed by Austin Shenton’s nine.
“I think we played hard, we just had a tough time scoring the ball tonight. We started slow offensively, I figured we could weather the storm since we were in our own gym,” Bellingham coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview.
The Red Raiders’ shooting struggles proved to be a factor throughout the game, the team shot 16-54 from the field and only made three 3-pointers the whole night.
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“It’s frustrating because we played Baker last week and shot well from behind the arc,” McKay said. “Give Lynden Christian credit executing on defense, they got us out of our rhythm and we had a hard time finding shots.”
Schilder and Shenton are two players McKay said stood out tonight in the game. Schilder scored seven of his 11 points in the first half and Shenton had nine points.
Sixteen out of the 18 first-half points were scored by those two, McKay said.
“We didn’t get production from our normal guys tonight and it showed in the score,” McKay said. “Defensively we played hard. We just couldn’t get going offensively and couldn’t shoot ourselves back into the game.”
Bellingham will play Meridian at home and Lynden Christian will host Squalicum on Thursday, Dec. 18. Both games start at 7:15 p.m.
Lynden Christian 62, Bellingham 43
Lynden Christian: Blake Mellema 0, Josiah Meppelink 8, Lucas Roetcisoender 2, Jake Van Berkum 5, Tanner Bouma 2, Jake Poag 17, Zach Roetcisoender 12, Nate Hielkema 0, Rubbert 2, Cody Fransen 10, Koy Sterk 4. Totals: 22-55 12-25 62.
Bellingham: Kyle Hofstetter 7, Dante Check 2, Jakob Chamberlin 2, Kalien Hayes 4, Austin Shenton 9, Logan Schilder 11, Eric Thompson 0, Nathan Persall 3, Phillip Breeding 5. Totals: 16-54 8-18 43.
3-point field goals — Lynden Christian: 6 (Poag 4); Bellingham: 3 (Persall 1). Rebounds — Lynden Christian: 47 (Fransen 9); Bellingham: 37 (Schilder 10). Assists — Lynden Christian: 12 (Z. Roetcisoender 5); Bellingham: 12 (Hofstetter 5). Fouls — Lynden Christian: 17; Bellingham (Breeding): 17. Turnovers — Lynden Christian: 10; Bellingham: 13.