1/10/19: Lynden guard Christian Zamora (L) chases down Burlington forward Michael Larson (R) on the press in the Lions 73-44 win over the Tigers at
Jake Maberry Gymnasium. PHOTO: Doug Lange
Zamora Leads Defensive Lions Past Burlington
January 11, 2019
Defense was the winner Thursday night in a match-up between the top two teams in the 2A ranks of the Northwest Conference. The Lynden defense, to be more specific.
The Lions used a stifling press to jump out early on Burlington, easily running past the Tigers for a 73-44 victory at Jake Mayberry Gymnasium in Lynden.
Christian Zamora led the way, posting a game high 19 points with 3 triple-shots and 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. The senior guard tallied 9 points and 2 steals in a 22-to-9 opening quarter for the Lions.
"This is a really strong and physical team," said Zamora. " We knew we had to get on them early so we could kind of put them away because we know how hot this team can get, so we had to respect them that way."
"We made a late decision to go ahead and start pressing from the start, we weren't going to, but our guys love doing that," said Lynden head coach Brian Roper. "Burlington is such a rhythm team , they never really got much of rhythm in that first quarter."
Things didn't get much better for the Tigers as they registered their lowest point total in a game this season. Burlington looked flustered for much of the contest dealing with the foot speed of the Lynden defense, often running into problems just advancing the ball into the front court.
Lynden's Clayton Whitman scored 17 points and went 4-for-4 from 3-point land. James Marsh added 10 points to help the defending 2A state champs improve to 14-and-0 and 7-and-0 in conference play.
Burlington was lead by the 16 points of junior forward Wyatt Walker. Sophomore guard DJ Clark was the only other double-figure scorer, finishing with 10 points as the Tigers slipped to 11-and-3 overall and 5-2 in NWC play.
Lynden is off until Tuesday, January 15th when they host Squalicum. Burlington returns to the hardwood Monday, January 14th with a home game versus Bellingham.
- Doug Lange
Lynden coach Brian Roper talks to his team during their game versus the Burlington Tigers. PHOTO: Doug Lange
Lynden senior Christian Zamora.
PHOTO: Doug Lange