With a competitive opening day at the Fruitland Christmas Tournament, several players emerged that fans in the Treasure Valley (and Baker City) will want to keep their eyes on. CLICK HERE for game recaps.
It was great to get two very competitive games (Baker vs. New Plymouth and Fruitland vs. Emmett). Close games always bring out the best players and give them an opportunity to shine when it matters most.
But don’t let the top . . . → Read More: Close games bring out the top players
From Idaho Falls, the Hillcrest Knights hosted the Rigby Trojans in front of a great crowd and fun environment.
Rigby started hot on 3-pointers from senior Jenner Heyrend and the inside play of senior JonRyheem Peoples. But Hillcrest never panicked and continued to execute their offense and apply pressure on defense. The upped their pressure in the second quarter with a half course press and built a 36-25 halftime lead.
Hillcrest’s experience really show in . . . → Read More: Tough free throw Knight for Hillcrest nearly costs them a win
It was a back and forth game from Capital between the Capital Eagles and Kuna Kavemen. Both teams ran good stuff and executed well on offense. But in the end, it was Kuna that made more winning plays, hitting big shots and getting more loose balls. They took the win 53-44.
Kuna was led by senior Cameron Francis and junior Shawn Stanley. Francis’ game may look a bit awkward, but he scored in a variety . . . → Read More: Kuna closes out Capital for win
For Centennial, this was a chance to remain undefeated. For Bishop Kelly, it was a chance to get their first win of the season.
Centennial came out fast and grabbed an early 9-2 lead. But BK answered with a 12-1 run to end the first quarter behind 10 points from junior Luke Meyers. From there it was back and forth and the half ended with Centennial up 24-23. BK was able to neutralize Centennial in . . . → Read More: Hunter Dennis last second 3 gives Centennial win over Bishop Kelly
From Eagle, the Mustangs and the Bishop Kelly Knights opened their seasons in a 5A vs. 4A Southern Idaho Conference match up.
Eagle jumped out quickly behind 2 quick 3-pointers from junior guard Jacob Talbot. Eagle would run the score to 10-2 before BK settled down.
The Knights used a combination of pressure man to man, a 1-2-2 zone press and some half court zone. Initially, it helped keep the Mustangs off balance and keep . . . → Read More: Season opens in Eagle with Mustang win
From Capital High School, Kamiah and New Plymouth squared off in the first semi-final game and it was a great one. The fans were in to it and both teams brought out the best in each other.
For New Plymouth, it was the White brothers that were the key to early first half success. The younger of the two, Chase, was hitting outside bombs while the older brother, Carson, was playing great defense.
Kamiah was . . . → Read More: Kamiah keeps it rolling, moves to the state finals
In the final 4A game of the day from the Borah Sports Complex, Rigby showed why they are a top ranked team in the state.
Rigby is big from the point to the post and their size advantage got even bigger five minutes into the first quarter when Jerome’s big man, Jake Hollifield, went down with an ankle injury.
Initially, Jerome looked like they were going to hang around. Garret Leavitt and Shaquille Kennedy kept . . . → Read More: Rigby ready for the semi-finals
Game #3 at the Idaho Center was a roller coaster ride between Post Falls and Centennial.
It was clear that Post Falls was the more comfortable team at the start. Marcus Colbert showed why Montana State signed him earlier this year. He’s a total floor general with vision and swagger. And running mates Luke Thoreson and Michael Hillman pitched in to keep things balanced.
By halftime, Post Falls had built a 28-16 lead, thanks to . . . → Read More: Colbert keeps Post Falls in it, moves them to the semis
Game 2 at the Idaho Center matched Timberline and Highland. Timberline’s Jack Tate paced the Wolves and showed a few things that we haven’t seen this season. He was scoring off the drive (as expected) but also hitting the 15 footer.
For Highland, Clark Wilkinson and Austin Andreasen led the way for the Rams. Wilkinson, though struggling from the line, was a force in the pain and Andreasen showed athleticism from the guard position.
It . . . → Read More: Timberline takes down Highland
From the Idaho Center, Borah and Coeur d’Alene tipped off the 5A Boys State Tournament. Cd’A jumped out to a 15-5 first quarter lead. But behind a rally led by Isaiah Wright, Borah tied the game at 20 heading into half.
Borah vs. Coeur d' Alene in the 2012 state tournament from the Idaho Center
Borah, in a rare occurrence, switched to a zone in the second quarter and forced Cd’A to outside shots, . . . → Read More: Borah moves to state semi-finals with win over Cd’A