Meridian’s boys’ basketball team got off to a slow start in its first game of the Class 1A Northwest District Tournament in a 63-30 loss to King’s on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at King’s High School.
In the first quarter of the game, Meridian was outscored 21-3, facing a deficit hard to overcome.
“King’s is a pretty good basketball team. They got out and turned us over a couple times and never looked back,” Meridian coach Shane Stacy said in a phone interview. “King’s 1-2-2 full-court press with their length and their quickness makes it hard to find passing lanes.”
The Trojans came out in the second half and were able to play their style of basketball and hold the Knights to 22 points scored in the second half while scoring 19 points of their own.
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“In the second half we did a better job of attacking their press and got good looks inside,” Stacy said. “Our guys have a lot of fight in them. They kept attacking, kept defending and stayed in there.”
Alex Martin led Meridian with six points, Derek Campfield and Nick Rautenberg added five points apiece.
Rautenberg’s play on the defensive end stood out to Stacy throughout the game.
“Nick Rautenberg defensively played a heck of a game. When we were able to slow them down and get them into their half court offense, Nick did a great job,” Stacy said.
Following the loss, Meridian will play Sultan in its next NW District Tournament game at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, at Sultan in a loser-out game.
“It’s going to be a battle. We have six seniors who don’t want their high school careers to end,” Stacy said.
King’s 63, Meridian 30
Meridian: Gursewak Singh 0, Tanner Tutterow 3, Nick Rautenberg 5, Alex Martin 6, Daniel Young 2, Brady Moore 2, Kyle Young 3, Derek Campfield 5, Cody Bachman 0, Thomas Utschinski 0. Totals: FT: 4-5 30.
King's: Brett Jones 0, Noah Bundrant 13, David Barhanovich 15, Corey Kispert 21, Josh Alexandar 11, Sam Echelbarger 2, Calvin Kispert 10, Luke Wicks 0. Totals: FT: 5-8 63.
3-point field goals — Meridian: 2 (Tutterow, Rautenberg 1); King's: 4 (Kispert 3). Rebounds — no information provided. Assists — no information provided. Fouls — no information provided. Turnovers — no information provided.