Friday Harbor knew full well going into the contest that the Lyncs 6-foot 8-inch senior center was a threat to score from the outside.
But they didn’t imagine it would go quite like this.
In one of the more jaw-dropping shooting performances in recent memory, Lynden Christian Issac Reimer’s knocked down five shots from beyond the 3-point line, including four in the second period, and dropped 33 points on the Wolverines to lead Lynden Christian to a 78-58 victory, Saturday, in Turnbull Gym. His NBA-range 3-pointer from the top of the key in the second half even drew a round of “oohs and aahs” from the Friday Harbor faithful.
“We definitely knew he could shoot the three,” said Friday Harbor point-guard C.J. Woods, who scored 15 points after the break to tally a team-high 17. “But we didn’t know that he’d hit ‘em like he did today. He’s an amazing player.”
A flurry of 3-point baskets by Reimer came as little surprise to Lyncs Head Coach Roger De Boer.
“He gets into those kind of streaks and we just try to ride him and have fun,” said De Boer, whose Lyncs remain undefeated against Division 1A competition and improved to 11-4 overall.
Friday Harbor scored the first two points of the 1A regional match up, but that’s as close to the Lyncs as the Wolverines would get. Lynden Christian scored the next nine points, led 14-4 at the end of the opening period and 43-22 at the break. Reimer (quarterback of the Lyncs football team) had 23 of his game-high 33 points in the first half.
The Wolverines outscored Lynden Christian 36-35 after the break, but the damage had already been done. Senior Donald Galt scored 16 points and Otis Cooper-West had 15 for the Wolverines, who, along with a 60-46 start-to-finish win Jan. 17 at Concrete (Dylan Demaris scored a season-high 16 points in the win), fell to 9-7 on the season.
The race for the Northwest 1A/2B will be up for grabs, Friday, as the Wolverines, 4-0 in league play, host defending league champ La Conner, who, at 15-0 overall, remains undefeated both in league play, at 6-0, and on the season as well; tip off is 5:30 p.m. in Turnbull Gym. Friday Harbor travels Saturday, to face Blaine (3-12), a regional 1A rival.