High School Basketball

Meridian’s second half effort key in 49-42 victory over Bellevue Christian

Meridian’s boys’ basketball team outscored Bellevue Christian by 10 in the second half in its 49-42 victory Monday, Dec. 29, in the Cloud 9 Christmas Classic at Lynden Christian High School.

The Trojans’ Alex Martin led the game with 19 points and Kyle Young added nine.

“We came out in the second half with a lot of effort,” Meridian coach Shane Stacy said in a phone interview. “Defensively our effort was a lot better this game.”

Thomas Utschinski was a player Stacy highlighted as providing a lot of energy in the second half, finishing with seven points and eight rebounds.

Meridian takes on South Whidbey next at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, in another Cloud 9 Christmas Classic matchup at Lynden Christian.

Meridian 49, Bellevue Christian 42

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Bellevue Christian: Parson 4, Davidson 3, Hatate 2, Im 7, D. Postma 9, L. Postma 13, Sims 3, Lampkin 1. Totals: 15-40 6-10 42.

Meridian: Tanner Tutterow 0, Nick Rautenberg 3, Alex Martin 19, Daniel Young 2, Brady Moore 5, Kyle Young 9, Derek Campfield 4, Cody Bachman 0, Thomas Utschinski 7. Totals: 18-35 11-20 49.

3-point field goals — Bellevue Christian: 6 (L. Postma 3); Meridian: 2 (Martin, Moore 1). Rebounds — Bellevue Christian: 21 (L. Postma 4); Meridian: 18 (Utchinski 8). Assists — Bellevue Christian: 9 (L. Postma 4); Meridian: 12 (Campfield 3). Fouls — Bellevue Christian: 13; Meridian: 10. Turnovers — Bellevue Christian: 19; Meridian: 14.

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