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The Sehome and Bellingham boys teams used their home courts to good advantage by winning their opening-round games in the Class 2A District 1/2 tournament Thursday night.
The Mariners defeated Northwest Conference rival Sedro-Woolley, 71-55, to improve to 14-7 on the year
The Red Raiders took care of Cedarcrest of the Western Conference, 74-57, in improve to 10-12.
Both move into the double-elimation portion of the tournament on Saturday, weather permitting. Sehome travels to Mountlake Terrace for a 3 p.m. game. Bellingham will take on a familiar foe, top-seeded and defending state champion Lynden at Jake Maberry Gym at 5 p.m.
Blaine couldn’t make it a Whatcom County sweep Thursday, falling at Burlington-Edison, 79-41. The Borderites finished the season 8-13.
CLASS 2A DISTRICT 1/2 BOYS TOURNAMENT
First-round games (Thursday)
Sehome 71, Pedro-Woolley 55 (loser out)
Lakewood 63, Archbishop Murphy 59 (loser out)
Burlington-Edison 79, Blaine 41 (loser out)
Bellingham 74, Cedarcrest 57 (loser out)
Second round (Saturday)
Sehome (14-7) at Mountlake Terrace (14-5), 3 p.m.
Lakewood (13-8) vs. Anacortes (13-7) at Mount Vernon High School, noon
Burlington-Edison (16-5) at Liberty (13-7), 5 p.m.
Bellingham (10-12) at Lynden (19-1), 5 p.m.
Consolation games (Monday)
At Mount Vernon Christian, 6:30 p.m. (loser out)
At Mount Vernon Christian, 8 p.m. (loser out)
At Mount Vernon High School, 6 p.m.
At Mount Vernon High School, 8 p.m.
Consolation games (Next Wednesday, Feb. 13)
At Mount Vernon High School, 6 p.m. (loser out)
At Mount Vernon High School, 8 p.m. (loser out)
Consolation final (Next Friday, Feb. 15)
At Mount Vernon High School, 6 p.m. (winner third, loser fourth, both advance to state)
Championship final (Next Friday, Feb. 15)
At Mount Vernon High School, 7:30 p.m. (winner first, loser second, both advance to state)
(Full schedule and bracket at nwcathletics.com)
Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.