Lynden junior Anthony Canales fighting through contact for a basket. Canales was the third leading scorer for the Lions with 11 points in their win over Squaliucm on Saturday, Feb. 11. (Nathan Schumock/Lynden Tribune)
LYNDEN — The Lions boys team handily took care of the Squalicum Storm 64-35 on Saturday, Feb. 11.
It was Lynden’s first district match and they advanced to the next round where they will see the Sehome Mariners. Sehome got the best of Lynden earlier in the season and handed them one of their three losses. It will be a big clash when they see each other again next Tuesday.
The Lions put on one of their most balanced and clean displays of basketball against Squalicum. Lynden committed only one foul through three quarters and six total in the game. They also kept their turnovers to a minimum leading to the blow out victory.
Offensively, they were balanced across the board. 10 of the 12 players who entered the game for Lynden scored a basket. Sophomore Brant Heppner, senior Coston Parcher and junior Anthony Canales all scored in double-digits. Heppner with 13, Parcher with 12 and Canales with 11.
Lynden had control of the game from the jump. Parcher scored five points in the first quarter and helped give Lynden and early 18-7 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The Lions defense was outstanding in the first half as they held the Storm to 14 points through the two quarters. Lynden went into halftime leading 31-14.
Lynden continued their balanced attack into the third quarter with seven players scoring points. The Lions outscored Squalicum 17-9 in the third to put the game completely out of reach. The score after the third quarter was 48-23 in Lynden’s favor.
By the fourth quarter the Lions began to sub in their reserve players to complete the victory over Squalicum. They shut the door on the Storm and secured the 64-35 victory.
Lynden plays again next Tuesday, Feb. 14 against Sehome in Mount Vernon. The remainder of 2A districts will take place in Mount Vernon because it is a neutral location.