Blaine played well but in the end succumbed to undefeated Meridian 78-62 at home Monday night.
Leading for much of the first half by as much as five points, Blaine rested on the superb performance of sophomore post Andrew Price, who ended up with 20 points, scoring almost at will in the first half until Meridian went to a man-to-man defense.
Meridian’s reserve guard Joe Madeira stepped up by scoring some key long bombs to wrestle the lead away from Blaine, and in the end Meridian controlled the paint and the game.
After leading 36-33 at the end of the first half, Blaine got outscored 45-26 in the second. Meridian led in rebounds 29-20 and had three fewer turnovers, losing only seven to Blaine’s 10.
Aside from Price, other Borderite scorers included Jordan McCarty with six, Andrew Miller with eight, Trey Bakogeorge with 12, Trevor Chau with 14 and Todd Bird with a deuce. Blaine shot an anemic 27 for 50 from the floor, a lot of their second half efforts bouncing out of a hole that sometimes seemed to have a lid on it.
With the loss Blaine moved to 4-5 (0-2 in conference) and next plays Burlington at home on Friday, January 15 at 7:30 p.m.