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Colm Schaefer Bellingham Hig School

2/7/19: Bellingham guard Colm Schaefer set a school record with eight 3-balls versus Cedarcrest. PHOTO: Doug Lange

Schaefer Shoots Bellingham Past Cedarcrest

February 8, 2019 

Colm Schaefer turned in a record setting performance Thursday night helping earn the Bellingham boys basketball team at least two more playoff games. The Red Raiders beat Cedarcrest 74-57 in a District 1 tournament, loser-out playoff game. 

Schaefer set the school mark in front for the Bellingham home crowd with eight 3-balls on the way to scoring a game-high 26 points in the victory. The junior guard hit his first seven of his first 8 shots from beyond the arc as the Red Raiders ran away from Cedarcrest early, ending the season for the Red Wolves. 

"It was great," said Schaefer. "I started off, I hit my first one. I think I missed my second one, but ever since I hit my first one my teammates were looking for me the rest of the game, so that was great." 

Bellingham gave up the first two points of the game, but that would be the only time they would trail in the contest. The Red Raiders defense held Cedarcrest to just 2 field goals in the first quarter to jump out to a 21-to-8 advantage and never really looked back.

Schaefer was the lone double-figure scorer for Bellingham with Kobey Georgen, Spencer Lee and Luke Visser each scoring eight points.  Chris Busch paced  the Red Wolves (8-12) with 18 points. 

MORE: Listen to our Cedarcrest at Bellingham archived broadcast

After surviving the loser out contest, Bellingham (10-12) faces a tough test as they move on to the double-elimination portion of the district tournament. The Red Raiders will play at Lynden facing the the tourney top seed and the No. 1 team in the 2A ranks. 

It's a second meeting between the two schools. Lynden thumped Bellingham 79-36 on December 20th during the regular season. 


"They're good, they're really good and they're really deep and we know it. They beat us pretty good when we played them, said Bellingham head coach Brad McKay. "We only have to beat them one time and if you throw the ball up 100 times, if you get that one special night I think we can get it done.   

Saturday's match-up between the Red Raiders and the Lions is scheduled for a 5:00pm tip-off at Jake Maberry Gymnasium. 

- Doug Lange

Colm Schaefer Bellingham Red Raiders

Colm Schaefer is congratulated by his Bellingham teammates. The junior hit a school record eight 3-balls versus Cedarcrest. PHOTO: Doug Lange

Brad McKay Bellingham Red Raiders

Bellingham coach Brad McKay speaks to his team during their playoff game versus Cedarcrest. PHOTO: Doug Lange

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