High School Basketball

Cubs control ‘tone’ of game in win over Nooksack Valley

Nooksack Valley’s boys’ basketball team suffered a 71-48 loss Tuesday, Jan. 13, in a Northwest Conference matchup at Sedro-Woolley.

The Cubs’ pressure defense gave the Pioneers problems for much of the game.

“We didn’t do a good job with the press break and that set the tone,” Nooksack Valley coach Chris Scrimsher said in a phone interview. “They’re very efficient and well-coached and run a dribble-drive offense. If you aren’t communicating it makes things difficult and we didn’t do that, so it left players open on a lot of possessions. They’re a very good shooting team, so when they were open they capitalized.”

With the loss Nooksack Valley falls to 1-11 overall and 0-4 in conference play. There were a few standout players for the Pioneers, though.

“Connor (Beard), our point guard, is playing with a sprained ankle and played most of the game,” Scrimsher said. “He did a good job attacking and creating for his teammates. Aaron (Bosscher) did good on offense and was big on defense, too. With their offense we had to switch a lot, but he was good on the defensive boards.”

The Pioneers will look for a win at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at home against Squalicum.