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1A District 1 boys hoops: Mount Baker advances with play-in win over Blaine

Mountaineers keep season alive behind 4 double-digit scorers

By Connor J. Benintendi Sports Editor

Four Mount Baker boys basketball players scored in double figures and the Mountaineers beat Blaine, 65-54, in a 1A District 1 tournament play-in game Monday, Feb. 5 at Blaine High School.

Junior wing player Luke Smith led the Mountaineers with 17 points in the biggest game of the season, while freshman center Kell Reardon and junior wing Darius Gilstrap each scored 16. Sophomore guard Carter Hill finished with 11.

No. 5 Mount Baker (3-17, 1-14 Northwest Conference), the lowest seed in the tournament, snapped an 11-game losing streak with the win and kept its season alive. No. 4 Blaine (4-16, 2-13 NWC) had its season ended with the loss. The Borderites beat Mount Baker in the regular season, 62-44, on Jan. 15.

Mount Baker’s Kell Reardon is fouled by Blaine’s Justin Minjarez. (Andy Bronson/Cascadia Daily News)

Sophomore guard Landon Melton and senior forward Noah Tavis each had nine points for Blaine. Junior guard Jesse Deming, senior guard Justin Minjarez and junior forward Abdul Kanagie all had eight.

Blaine placed third in the 1A state tournament last season, finishing 19-8 overall and earning its best state trophy since 2000. Meanwhile, Mount Baker will play more than one district game for the first time since 2020.

Mount Baker will now face No. 1 Lynden Christian (19-2, 13-2 NWC) in a 1A District 1 first-round game at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Lynden Christian High School.

Connor J. Benintendi is CDN’s sports editor; reach him at; 360-922-3090 ext. 104.

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