The boys lost 62-24 at Lynden January 25, then hosted Friday Harbor the next day, winning 58-42 in a district game to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Senior Gabe Trump had a breakout performance with 24 points and eight rebounds. Trump got scoring help from senior Jericho Probadora who scored nine, and freshman Josiah Westbrook who scored eight. The team had 11 assists in the game.
In playing Sedro-Woolley January 29, Pile and his team knew that a loss wouldn’t affect their standing going into the tournament. Despite this, the team played like it was all on the line, and put together one of their best performances of the season. The game came down to the final seconds and the Borderites lost 63-61.
In the first half, Probadora dominated the court. The Blaine senior scored 18 points in the first half, made four three-pointers, and stole the ball three times, twice driving all the way to the basket after a clean steal.
Sedro-Woolley played physically, powering through Blaine’s defense or scoring shots from the perimeter.
“Our guys are learning to play through that physical component,” Pile said. “They’re giving it right back, and not getting flustered by it.”
With deft no-look passes by senior Ivan Sanchez, skilled defense by senior Ryan Wallen, and continued scoring, the Borderites hung onto the Cubs for a score of 46-42 after three quarters. The lead switched three times in the fourth quarter. In the final play of the game, the Borderites got the ball to sharp-shooter Trump. Sedro-Woolley’s defense swarmed the Borderite senior and he missed for a final score of 63-61.
Pile said he was encouraged by signs of improvement.
“It’s the second game in a row with double-digit assists,” he said. “We’re moving the ball a lot better, and we’re working together.”
He added that the more aggressive style of play is something he’s been instilling from the start of the season.
“That’s been a a major part of changing the attitude,” he said. “We don’t lay down, we battle until the end of the game.”
The Borderites host Burlington-Edison Friday, February 1. After that, they head to Mount Baker for the first round of the district tournament February 4.