BULLDOGS DROOPING WITH TWO LOSSES
Bellevue was led in scoring by sophomore Alec
Then, on Sunday, Feb. 17, Bellevue hosted Whatcom. This was the final home game for the Bulldogs and marked the celebration of the careers of our five sophomores. Jeffrey Kimmel, Tyler Stracener, Alec Wilson, Marcus Tibbs, and Andrew Squiers were all honored prior to the game. Squiers also received word that he had made the NWAACC All-Academic Sports Team for his hard work in the classroom, as well as the basketball court.
The game against Whatcom was eerily similar to the Bulldogs’ previous matchup with Edmonds. Whatcom came into the game in second place in the North Region and Bellevue looked to use their defense to get an upset. Bellevue again limited a high-scoring offense, this time holding Whatcom to just 37 first-half points. Unfortunately, Bellevue struggled from the floor and was able to score only eight field goals in the first half. Down 37-24 at the break, the Bulldogs once again were able to close the gap and make things interesting down the stretch. However, Bellevue could not match Whatcom's firepower and two clutch three-point shots by Whatcom ended the Bulldog comeback with less than two minutes to go. Bellevue eventually fell by a final score of 72-60.
Bellevue was led in scoring by Stracener with 18 points, while freshman Andrew Holloway scored 13 points off the bench. Squiers turned in another all-around game, as he netted 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
With the two defeats, Bellevue falls into a tie for fourth place at 5-7 in the North Region standings. Although a long shot, the Bulldogs still have a chance to make the NWAACC Basketball Championship Tournament if they can pull out two victories over the final week of league play. Bellevue first travels to Mount Vernon to take on the Skagit Valley Cardinals (3-9, 10-15) on Wednesday, Feb. 20, with a 7:00 p.m. game time. Then back on the road on Saturday, Feb. 23, to Port Angeles to face Peninsula College (7-5, 16-9) for another 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
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