Jordan Oldham and Trevor Chau were two of the galaxy of basketball talent that gathered for the 24th annual Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County Classic on March 19 at Lynden high school.
While it may have seemed like a final love fest for the starting five of the two-time state champion Squalicum boys, both Blaine seniors made contributions to the county all-stars who were swept by their city counterparts. In the matinee, Devin Pearsall of Bellingham scored 16 points on six of 13 shooting to lead the city girls to a 76-54 win.
Oldham, who started for the county, scored three points and grabbed two rebounds in the game.
Both teams exchanged 10-0 runs to start the game before the city began to pull away in the second quarter, building a 29-24 halftime lead which they would never lose.
In the nightcap, the city boys edged the county 91-88 in a high scoring game that was played fast and loose with many light-hearted moments.
One of those included Chau. After a second half turnover by the city, the county players hurried downcourt on offense before the ball was inbounded.
One official who had been talking with Chau throughout the game inbounded the ball to the Blaine senior in full stride and allowed play to continue, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Chau finished the game with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.
This was the first all-star game for Chau who is still waiting to see where he will be playing basketball next year. Squalicum’s Patrick Voeut was the game’s MVP, scoring 17 on a perfect six for six shooting night. The city all-stars surged out to a 58-43 first half lead on the strength of 10 three-point shots.
Josiah Sebens of Meridian led all county scorers with 17 and along with Lynden’s Ryan Seto, keyed a second half rally before Voeut stemmed it with a lay-in with 58 seconds left along with two free throws to ice the game.
Tracy Ulrich of Squalicum won the girl’s 3-point competition hitting 12 shots in 30 seconds. Squalicum’s Michael Greene won the slamdunk competition.