There were plenty of completely lucid reasons for the results of the Borderites' non-conference home game against Burlington-Edison. They are long and athletic. They can send six players on the floor who are 6’3” or better. The Tigers have appeared in the last three 2A state championship games. Blaine head coach Dougal Thomas simplified the equation.
“They’re mighty good,” he said plainly, after Burlington-Edison coasted to an easy, almost inexorable 69-49 win over his Borderites, Tuesday, December 14.
Blaine only led for a brief moment, after a Andrew Price lay-in early. Jordon Reed hit a three point shot and the Tigers never looked back, racing out to a 17-10 lead with 2:22 left in the opening quarter. After a time out, Blaine seemed to regroup closing to within three at the quarter break on two free throws by Price and buzzer beating jump shot by Andrew Miller.
In the second quarter however, the Tigers laid siege to the Borderite defense, running on every opportunity and moving out to an 11-point lead late in the second quarter, which was cut to nine at the half on a Dustin Dhanani jumper.
“I don't know if it was so much our transition defense,” Thomas said. “They were just super good in transition. It magnified our inability to get back on D. They were gone even on our makes.”
The Tiger’s Reed, Will Stewart and Eric Walser were the beneficiaries of Blaine's difficulty, each scoring in double figures. While Stewart and Walser scored easy rotation lay-ins deep in the paint, picking up 17 and 14 points respectively, Reed hit 4 three pointers to lead the Tigers with 18. Burlington-Edison’s easy buckets were reflected in their robust 55.3 percent shooting on the night.
On a night when the Borderites defense struggled, Price continues to establish himself as one of the premier players in the conference, registering his third consecutive double-double, leading all scorers in the game with 22 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.