Borderites run out of steam in the fourth

Published on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 by Kevin Minnick

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Late-game fatigue struck Blaine’s boys’ basketball team at home on Tuesday, December 20, against Sedro-Woolley, contributing to the 59-51 Borderite loss.

After several lead exchanges in Tuesday’s game, the Cubs pulled ahead 35-33 with just under three minutes remaining in the third and never looked back, outscoring Blaine 20-13 in the fourth quarter to secure the conference win.

“We need to get better at playing with a lead,” Blaine starter Andrew Price said. “We are having trouble coming back from behind, but if we can get a six or seven point lead going, we should be able to ride it out, rather than tense up.”

Mount Baker’s Isaac Bianchini put up a game-high 21 points and grabbed six boards. Aaron Stroosma added 15 points for the Cubs.

Price returned to the floor in stellar form after missing the last two games, shooting for a team-high 18 points and 15 rebounds. Fellow inside man Dejan Stefanovic recorded a modest four points but a very immodest five blocks.

Other major Borderites contributors included Luke Feenstra with 10 points, Chase Speelman with seven and Zach Rector with six.

Despite a commanding inside presence from Price and Stefanovic, Blaine could not maintain enough stamina to hang with the Cubs’ run-and-gun style of play through the end of the game. The Borderites turned the ball over a total of 13 times to the Cubs’ seven.

“We are not a pressing team,” Price said. “Some of our guys are pushing for a press, but I don’t think we are that kind of a team yet.”

Blaine (3-6 overall, 1-1 in the Northwest Conference) travels to Lynden Christian High School on Monday, January 2, to take on the 1-1 Lyncs. The action starts at 7:30 p.m.

Blaine lost to Granite Falls 61-47 in a non-conference away matchup on Saturday, December 17.

Starter Price remained out of play Saturday, allowing Senior forward Chase Speelman to come through once again, leading the Borderites with 16 points and three assists in the loss. Stefanovic contributed 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Borderites defeated the Mount Baker High School Mountaineers 61-57 in their first Northwest Conference matchup of the season on Friday, December 16.

Speelman led the Borderites with a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds. Dejan Stefanovic added 15 points and Gabe Trump contributed 10. Starting center Andrew Price did not play.