High School Sports

PREP BOYS' BASKETBALL: Red Raiders roll in second half

The Bellingham boys’ basketball team overcame a slow start with an offensive packed second half and went on to defeat Nooksack Valley 65-55 in Northwest Conference play at Bellingham on Saturday.

“We need to figure out how to start quicker,” Bellingham coach Mark Wright said in a phone interview. “But we are excited because we got a league win.”

The Red Raiders could only muster 22 first half points and trailed by six points at halftime, but matched their total with a 22-point third quarter and followed it with 21 in the fourth to grab the win.

Wright pointed to his team’s success in getting the ball down low to Devon Delaney as a key to the win. Delaney finished with a game high 22 points to lead Bellingham and Zack Halverson had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Wright also credited his team’s defensive play and highlighted Pete Carlson as the key to locking down Nooksack Valley leader Rich Skillman.

“Pete did a masterful job slowing him down,” Wright said.

Skillman finished with 13 points in the game. Dexter Beard’s 15 led the team.