First-year Tahoma High School boys’ basketball coach Brian Davis knows how good the Lynden program is from his four years spent as an assistant at Squalicum.
Davis made sure his players were aware of how good it is, too.
Tahoma forced the top-ranked Lions into their first loss since Feb. 14 of last season as the Bears rallied behind Coleman Wooten’s 21 points and 13 rebounds for a 57-43 victory Saturday at the ShoWare Center.
“I have a ton of respect for coach (Brian) Roper and the whole Lynden program after having to coach against them for four years,” Davis said. “That is a darn good team, and a good win for us against a great program.”
“Coach prepared us really well,” Wooten said. “He knows their system pretty well, so it was a good matchup for us.”
Lynden’s last loss came in a Northwest Conference game against, coincidentally, Squalicum last season. The Lions (6-1) since went on to win the Class 2A State Championship and held the top ranking and a 12-game winning streak that started last season.
But the Bears (5-2) bothered Lynden with their length inside — with 6-foot-5 Wooten and 6-foot-11 Paul Loranger. Lynden shot 29 percent from the floor compared to Tahoma’s 54 percent and was outrebounded, 40-26.