High School Basketball

Rautenberg, Martin lead Trojans over Falcons

Alex Martin and Nich Rautenberg each came up just short of a double-double, but they were able to guide Meridian’s boys’ basketball team to a 59-48 win over South Whidbey at the Cloud 9 Christmas Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Lynden Christian.

Martin’s 20 points and nine assists led the Trojans in scoring and assists, and Rautenberg had nine points to go with a game-high nine rebounds.

“The effort coming out in the first half defensively,” Meridian coach Shane Stacy said in a phone interview about what pleased him about this win. “Holding them to 14 in the first half, and Kyle (Young) and Nick (Rautenberg) holding (Parker) Collins to only a few in the first. Down the stretch we were 8 of 9 from the foul line, a lot better in the fourth there.”

Meridian let the Falcons back in the game in the fourth, but Cody Bachman hit a big shot to give the Trojans the lead for good. He finished with five points.

The Trojans kept South Whidbey in check defensively the entire game, forcing 20 turnovers.

Meridian takes on Sehome at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, at Sehome in Northwest Conference play.

West Seattle 55, Bellingham 49

Bellingham’s boys’ basketball team fell short in its 55-49 defeat against West Seattle on Tuesday, Dec. 30, in the Mountlake Terrace Tournament at Mountlake Terrace High School.

The Red Raiders’ Kieran Lewis led the team with 15 points and Kalien Hayes added 10.

“(West Seattle) came out and hit early shots. (West Seattle) played extremely fast and we had trouble adjusting to their team speed,” Bellingham coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview.

Bellingham put together a late-game comeback in the fourth quarter making it a two possession game, but just couldn’t get over the hump, McKay said.

Lewis and Hayes were two players McKay highlighted as top performers in the game tonight after having limited playing time previously due to injury.

The Red Raiders’ take on Burlington-Edison next at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, on the road.

Granite Falls 58, Blaine 56

Blaine’s boys’ basketball team faced a rough third quarter and came up short at the buzzer in its 58-56 defeat to Granite Falls on Tuesday, Dec. 30, in the Blaine Holiday Classic at Blaine High School.

The Borderites’ Carson Knutzen led the game with 20 points and Marcus Potts added 13.

“We came out lapsed and (Granite Falls) had a 9-2 run to take away our eight point halftime lead,” Blaine coach Shaun Pile said in a phone interview.

Blaine had the ball for the last possession and Munzanreder’s shot got blocked. The Borderites’ got a shot off of an inbound play but came up short.

Knutzen was a player Pile said did a great job of being more aggressive and being an offensive playmaker.

Blaine resumes league play against Mount Baker next at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Mount Baker.

Sedro-Woolley 67, Ferndale 61

Ferndale’s boys’ basketball team couldn’t contain Sedro-Woolley’s Jackson Price in its 67-61 defeat on Tuesday, Dec. 30, in the Bulldog Holiday Classic at Mount Vernon High School.

The Golden Eagles’ John Weg finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Malik Ivory added 11 points. Sedro-Woolley’s Price finished the game with 36 points.

“Two words: Jackson Price. He definitely is a special player in our league and we didn’t contain him,” Ferndale coach Monte Walton said in a phone interview. “We got into a little foul trouble also.”

Ferndale takes on Squalicum next at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, at Squalicum.

Lynden Christian 73, Bellevue Christian 32

Zach Roetcisoender scored 16 points, Jake Poag added 14 and Cody Fransen had 11 to lead the Lynden Christian boys’ basketball team over Bellevue Christian 73-32 at the Cloud 9 Christmas Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Lynden Christian.

“I was really excited about the energy that our entire team came out with,” Lynden Christian coach Roger DeBoer said in a phone interview. “Zach is playing at a really confident, high level and understanding where he fits in this new team. We’re starting to understand our identity as a team.”

Josiah Meppelink was held scoreless, but he dished out a team-high five assists. Lynden Christian outscored the Vikings 33-13 in the second half.

Lynden Christian takes on Sedro-Woolley at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, on the road in Northwest Conference action.

Amador Valley (Calif.) 53, Lynden 51

Lynden’s boys’ basketball team suffered a 53-51 loss to Amador Valley (Calif.) in the Lions’ final game in the Orange Holiday Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif.

Scooter Hastings was named to the all-tournament team.

“He put together four strong games,” Lynden coach Brian Roper said in a phone interview. “We were able to go watch practice at Cal Poly Pomona today, which is where he’s committed to, so that was fun for the kids.”

The Lions had a chance to win or tie the game thanks to a forced turnover with 3.5 seconds to go, but they turned over the inbound pass. Lynden had led by as much as five, but back-to-back 3-pointers gave Amador Valley the lead.

“Jordan Wittenberg shot the ball well for us,” Roper noted. “For our team as a whole it was a good week to get away, have fun and come together as a team. We hope it will prepare us for the Northwest Conference.”

Lynden re-opens the NWC portion of its schedule at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Anacortes.

Mount Baker 61, Lord Tweedsmuir 52

Mount Baker’s boys’ basketball team outscored Lord Tweedsmuir 19-6 in the fourth quarter to take a 61-52 win in the championship game of the 3rd Annual Blaine Holiday Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 30, in Blaine.

Colton Ranson led the Mountaineers with 22 points, 20 of those coming in the first three quarters. He contributed in other ways in the fourth.

“Ranson was the catalyst,” Mount Baker coach Rob Gray said in a phone interview. “He focused on solid defense, which was what we needed, and other guys stepped up on offense.”

Timothy Soares added 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Grant Balvanz also had 10 points. TJ Bass had six points and Keenan Gray had five points and a team-high four assists.

“We were down four going into the fourth, and we did a nice job on defense of slowing them down,” Gray said. “Offensively we had some great free throws by Balvanz, who was 4 for 4 down the stretch, and big baskets by Gray and TJ Bass.”

Baker plays again at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at home against Sultan.

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