Logan Dykstra, Andrew Hommes lead LC attack
LYNDEN — Monday evening’s game at Lynden Christian felt a bit like the calm before the proverbial storm as the Lyncs faced Squalicum just two days before their crosstown rivalry matchup against the Lynden Lions happening on Wednesday, June 16.
The Lyncs topped the Storm 77-57 and led for most of the game, but Squalicum put up a fight, keeping pressure on LC, especially in the early part of the contest.
It was mostly the Andrew Hommes show for much of the first quarter as Hommes scored a three-pointer, two field goals and two free throws for a total of nine, but it wasn’t long before his teammates made their presence known, too.
Griffin Dykstra and Crew Bosman each scored three while Tyler Sipma had two in the first quarter.
It was 17-12 in favor of the Lyncs at the end of the first quarter, with turnovers common across the entire first half.
“I think we turned the ball over six times in the first quarter and by halftime, we had like 11 turnovers,” head coach Tim Zylstra said. “We just had to take better care of the ball.”
The Lyncs further spread out their scoring in the second quarter, with Griffin Dykstra, Shale Whittern and Jeremiah Wright contributing three points each, Logan Dykstra adding four and Bosman, Hommes and Cole Moorlag each putting up two. The Lyncs brought the score to 36-25 heading into halftime, with Griffin Dykstra, Whittern, Moorlag, Bosman, Logan Dykstra, Hommes and Wright all scoring.
The Lyncs scored fewer points in the third quarter but their defense was on point, holding the Storm to just eight points to their own 12.
Sipma, Griffin Dykstra, Logan Dykstra and William Colwell all scored in the third.
“I think we just focused on man-to-man defense and taking it personal,” Logan Dykstra said. “We had some pride in our man-to-man defense.”
The Lyncs also managed to minimize their turnovers in the second half, and seven different Lyncs contributed to their 29 points in the fourth quarter. Sipma, Whittern, Moorlag, Logan Dykstra, Hommes, Colwell and Jamison Hintz all put points in the book during the fourth, securing the Lyncs’ victory.
“I thought my seniors were really good again tonight. Dykstra, Moorlag and Whittern set the tone for us defensively, and Hommes always shows up to play, too,” Zylstra said. “We had contributions from everybody, so it was a good team win.”
The game against Squalicum was the Lyncs’ first since suffering their first loss of the season against Lynden Academy on Friday, June 11.
“We came off a tough loss,” Hommes said. “We just wanted to come back and play as a team. We just wanted to come back and get back to who we are and play fast.”
The Lyncs’ big game against Lynden is Wednesday night, and it is the second to last game of the season for both teams.
“The end is coming up on us, so we just want to finish strong. We’ve got a big game coming up on Wednesday,” Hommes said.