High School Sports

PREP BOYS' BASKETBALL: Lynden's DeLange picks perfect time for big basket

Adam DeLange only scored once, but he saved his basket for a crucial point to help the Lynden boys’ basketball team to a 45-40 road victory over Archbishop Murphy on Wednesday.

The Lions were clinging to a one-point lead with a 1 1/2 minutes to go when DeLange pulled up and knocked down a 15-footer to put his team up by three and give Lynden enough to hold on for the win.

“It was kind of a grind-it-out game,” Lynden coach Brian Roper said in a phone interview.Roper said his team had its hands full with Archbishop Murphy’s size, but was able to counter it by pressuring the ball.

Brady Bomber finished with team highs in every offensive category to lead Lynden (5-1). He ended 8 for 18 from the field for 22 points and had six rebounds and three assists.

“He’s a guy who can do a lot,” Roper said of Bomber. “He can handle the ball, he can shoot the ball, he can distribute the ball. He’s a senior, an all-state guy and he showed it in the second half.”

Bomber hit three of his game-high four three-point baskets in the third quarter to help spark a 16-8 quarter that helped Lynden pad its lead.

Roper also said Ryan Seto gave the team a jump-start when it was struggling in the second quarter. Seto scored five points off the bench in his first varsity action.

Overall, Roper said he was pleased with his team’s play.

“We haven’t played in two weeks and I think it was good for us to come out and get some of the rust off,” he said.