After a slow first half for both Sehome and Mount Baker, both teams produced in the second half, but the Mariners came out on top with a 82-74 Northwest Conference-opening win Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Sehome High School.
Sehome owned a 25-20 halftime lead, and after a halftime talk by coach AJ LaBree the Mariners outscored the Mountaineers 57-54 in the final two quarters.
Leif Anderson (16 points), Langston Engle (15), Leighton Kingma (15) and Tanner Clark (13) each scored in double figures, and Mount Baker’s Colton Ranson led the Mountaineers with 24. Timothy Soares chipped in 14 points, and Grant Balvanz added 13.
“It’s tough to assess this one,” LaBree said in a phone interview. “I’m pleased we won against Mount Baker, (which) I think is going to do some damage in this league. They are a tough team to play, and I’m glad to get our first league win. I’m pleased with the 57 we scored in the second half, but I’m not pleased with gave up 54, so it’s a give and take.”
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Despite the final score, Sehome led by as many as 18 points late in the fourth quarter after Mount Baker trimmed the Mariners’ lead to two points in the third quarter.
Sehome (5-1, 1-0 NWC) travels to play Nooksack Valley next at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, while Mount Baker (2-4, 0-1 NWC) faces Sedro-Woolley on the road at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18.
Sehome 82, Mount Baker 74
Mount Baker: Keenan Gray 6, Tanner Bass 5, Mason Bass 6, Colton Ranson 24, Thomas Barbo 2, TJ Bass 4, Grant Balvanz 13, Timothy Soares 14. Totals: 17-21 (FT) 74.
Sehome: Steven Thibou xx, Teddy Pechthalt 3, Langston Engle 15, Logan Deboo 4, Elijah Andrushenko 3, Sam Carroll 4, Leif Anderson 16, Duncan James 0, Josh Flesk 0, Marcus Montag 9, Tanner Clark 13, Leighton Kingma 15, Ben Malquist 0. Totals: 20-24 (FT) 82.
3-point field goals — Mount Baker: 9 (Ranson 5); Sehome: 10 (Anderson 3). Rebounds — Mount Baker: 27; Sehome: 30. Turnovers — Mount Baker: 19; Sehome: 16.