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1/2/2014 5:09:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 

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Hunter Read goes up for the rebound against Eastmont in this file photo. Read had 11 points in a road win against Meridian
Boys beat Meridian, lose to taller Sehome

Sebastian Moraga
Staff writer

Cashmere bounced from a loss against Sehome to thump Meridian in the 2013 Cloud 9 Invitational Tournament in Lynden.

Cashmere lost to the Mariners 54-43, and defeated the Trojans 66-49.

"Other than the first half against Sehome on Friday [Dec. 27] I think we played pretty well," Cashmere head coach Levi Heyen said. The Bulldogs played Meridian the next day.

On Dec. 27, the team did not respond well to the Mariners' pressing and trapping, and built a 20-point deficit at halftime, scoring only 13 points. In the second half, the Bulldogs rallied to within eight, but got no closer.

"The team we played was really tall and we had not seen that yet this year," Heyen said. "It's good that we got to see that. If we see that later on we'll be ready for it."

Heyen praised his team's grit, saying the team competed in both games. Against Sehome, the Bulldogs bounced back to score 20 points in the third quarter to split the lead in half.

"We don't have any quitters in our team," Heyen said. "Even down 20, they came out and played really hard."

Cashmere had 27 offensive rebounds, even with one of its top rebounders, Mason Elliott, sidelined. On the other hand, the team had 27 turnovers -17 in the first half-- and only shot 22 percent from the field.

Dylan Boyd had 16 points, Hunter Read had seven points. Connor Badgley and Casey Ruether had 10 rebounds each.

Against Meridian, the team got off to a strong start, taking a 15-point lead at halftime.

"We took much better shots," Heyen said, adding that the Meridian game served to further establish the team's identity.

"We are going to play tough 'D', and we are going to rebound," he said. "If the offense is there, then that's going to be an extra bonus."

Cashmere outrebounded the Trojans 53-34, with 25 offensive rebounds. Ruether and Badgley had nine boards each, with Ruether contributing eight assists and 10 points.

Boyd had 21 points, all in the first half. In the second half, he was constantly double-teamed, which forced him to distribute the ball more.

"He did a great job," Heyen said. Four players scored in double figures. Read had 11 points and Badgley had 10.

Elliott played about half the game, with the team choosing to save his energy for the upcoming league games.

"He came in and played solid defense for us," Heyen said. "He doesn't care about looking pretty or getting points. He does all the little things that nobody notices but that help us win."

The Bulldogs (4-3) now face a tough stretch of three games in five days, starting with the always tense clash against their archrivals to the west, the embattled (1-7) Cascade Kodiaks Friday.

"If we don't come out and play hard, we can get beat," Heyen said. "Omak proved that for us, anybody in this league can beat you. We have to come out with intensity and play smart basketball. We are not taking anybody lightly."

Tipoff against Cascade is 7:30 p.m. at Ron Doane Memorial Gymnasium.

Sebastian Moraga can be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com

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