Lynden Christian's Jeremiah Wright tries a shot against the King's Knights on Friday. (Hailey Palmer/Lynden Tribune)

LC falls to King’s in Friday matchup; Logan Dykstra reflects on finishing senior season

BOTHELL — No, the Lynden Christian boys basketball team didn’t get the ending it wanted for the 2021 season. 

That was off the table with no official state tournament, but the Lyncs couldn’t outlast King’s in the 1A State Invitational, falling to the Knights 74-70 to place fifth in the tournament.

The Lyncs led 55-51 at one point in the fourth quarter, but the inexperience they had on the floor caught up to them as turnovers threw momentum to the Knights through the last five minutes of the game. 

“We were down three starters and playing with our bench guys,” senior Logan Dykstra said. “That inexperience was coming in and we just turned the ball over and couldn’t execute.”

Against a team like King’s, mistakes can’t be made down the stretch, Lyncs coach Tim Zylstra said. 

“We just had a stretch there in the fourth where we turned it over a couple times uncharacteristically and we looked around to who wanted to shoot or score and, in a game where you’re playing against that caliber, you can’t have two or three possessions like that,” he said. 

Lynden Christian was in control of the game early, leaping out to a 12-4 lead in the first quarter.

King’s closed the gap in the final minutes of the first quarter, but a layup from junior Crew Bosman gave the Lyncs a 16-15 lead at the end of the quarter. 

The Lyncs and Knights traded baskets and turnovers for much of the second quarter in a back-and-forth affair and King’s took the lead at 36-35 going into the break. 

Lynden Christian scored the first 10 points of the third quarter and the Lyncs suddenly found themselves with a 45-36 lead, but it wouldn’t hold. 

The Knights rallied as junior Jake O’Hearn torched Lynden Christian from beyond the arc.

“We lost (Jake O’Hearn) a couple times and every time he made us pay,” Zylstra said.

The Lyncs held a 52-48 lead after three quarters, but the state championship experience the Knights had started to pay dividends. 

King’s went on a 15-4 swing and Lynden Christian was facing a 63-56 deficit late in the game it wouldn’t overcome. 

Zylstra said his team battled until the end and that’s all you can ask of them. 

“The way we competed, I’m very proud of everybody that was on that bench,” he said. “Every person came and was ready to play. We played hard and never gave up.”

Almost a month removed from graduation, Dykstra was the lone senior for the Lyncs to play in the tournament that marked the last three games of his high school career. 

He said being able to play in the tournament meant a lot to him. 

“Ending on that senior season is what you look forward to all four years,” Dykstra said. “1A boys, we’re the only ones that played a tournament anywhere. That means a lot and I’m really fortunate we got that.”

Zylstra said watching Dykstra play is a good way for the underclassmen to see what leadership looks like and gave credit to the other seniors, Cole Moorlag and Shale Whittern, for keeping the team together all season. 

“Those three held us together and we stuck together the whole year,” Zylstra said.