High School Basketball

LC, Zillah meet in battle of top two teams in 1A boys’ regional

Mount Baker’s TJ Bass, left, attempts to block Lynden Christian’s Jake Poag during the third quarter of the 2015 Class 1A Northwest District Tournament semifinal at Lynden Christian.
Mount Baker’s TJ Bass, left, attempts to block Lynden Christian’s Jake Poag during the third quarter of the 2015 Class 1A Northwest District Tournament semifinal at Lynden Christian. For The Bellingham Herald

Lynden Christian vs. Zillah

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Yakima Eisenhower High School

Lynden Christian Lyncs (22-2)

Enrollment: 251.0

League: Northwest Conference (tied for first)

District: Northwest/SeaKing (third)

State appearances: 31 (70-39)

State titles: 5 (1976, 1982, 1999, 2006, 2012)

Coach: Roger De Boer

Leading scorers

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

PPG

Zach Roetcisoender

G

Sr.

6-1

22.8

Jake Poag

G

Sr.

6-2

14.9

Nate Hielkema

G

Sr.

6-2

6.9

Tanner Bouma

G

Sr.

5-10

6.6

Josiah Meppelink

G

Sr.

6-3

6.1

Scouting the Lyncs: After a disappointing loss to King’s in the Northwest Distirct title game, No. 2 LC bounced back to grab the final berth to state out of the bi-district with a 65-56 win over Mount Baker. The Lyncs have a veteran roster with seven seniors.

Key to the game: Control the pace of the game. With a smaller lineup, the Lyncs have shown the ability run, but they don’t want to be caught in a track meet with Zillah.

Player to watch: Though Roetcisoender leads the team in scoring, Poag hit seven 3s and scored a game-high 23 in the win over Mount Baker.

Zillah Leopards (22-1)

Enrollment: 319.0

League: South Central (first)

District: Central Washington (first)

State appearances: 36 (74-48)

State titles: 3 (1955, 1994, 2014)

Coach: Doug Burge

Leading scorers

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

PPG

Scotty Burge

G

Sr.

6-1

17.1

Jared Ellis

G

Sr.

5-11

15.0

Trey Delp

G/F

Jr.

6-2

15.0

Nate Whitaker

G

Jr.

6-1

11.3

Jacob Cleveringa

F

Sr.

6-1

7.2

Scouting the Leopards: Zillah’s lone loss this year came by two points Dec. 30 to Lynden at the SunDome Classic. They’ve won 16 games since, including a 69-42 victory over La Salle for the district title.

Key to the game: The Leopards love to run, as they’ve surpassed 80 points 14 times this season, 90 points seven times and 100 once. They were held to an average of 66.3 in three district tournament games.

Player to watch: Take your pick, as Zillah has plenty of players capable of scoring. Burge leads the way with more than 17 a game.

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Herald prediction

The Lyncs and Leopards battled for the No. 1 ranking all year and met in last year’s semifinals, a game LC won 60-38.

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN 72-69

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