Can Anyone Pull Off a Major Upset?
With the exception of the game between Centennial and Eagle, the other four matchups in the 5A SIC tonight involve teams in the top half of the conference looking to distance themselves from the bottom four squads.
Its only fitting we start by talking about the best matchup of the night and that involves Centennial and Eagle. The first time these two played, the Mustangs nipped the Patriots by the slimmest of margins and are looking for a season sweep. With that being said, these two teams are completely different than when they faced off the first time. Centennial was still trying to find its identity after losing two close games to 4A schools and Eagle was undefeated and clicking on all cylinders. The biggest thing for both of these teams is finding consistency. When they both are on top of their game, they can beat anyone, but we have also seen them at their worst with some questionable losses.
Vallivue makes the trip over to Boise High tonight and the Falcons are in desperate need of a victory to create some breathing room as they push towards the district tournament. The Falcons have two tough games this weekend as they will also play Timberline tomorrow night in a makeup game that was supposed to be played between Christmas and New Years. If the Falcons can come away with a split, things will be looking good for the district tournament, but if they drop both contests, they will be fighting until the very end to qualify. The Braves can all but secure their spot in the district tournament with a victory tonight. It would take a monumental collapse for them to not make it in the first place, but once everything is clinched the Braves can then focus on seeding. They are in a unique spot because they are all but guaranteed a spot in the postseason and will most likely not win the conference so its all about seeding for the Braves in their final seven games.
What's wrong with the defending State Champions? The Mountain View Mavericks have lost two games in a row and are looking for a solid performance tonight against the Capital Eagles. The Mavericks have lost to Borah and Timberline their last two times on the floor and the biggest problem has been trying to get Brandon Luedtke and Tanner Percifield both clicking in the same game. When one is on, it seems that the other has an off night and that needs to change in the next few weeks if the Mavericks want to make a serious push at defending their title. Capital needs to start winning games fast if they want to make the district tournament. Currently, they are two games out of 8th place and they will need Hunter Young to erupt tonight to have a chance. The sophomore transfer from Kuna had 30 points last time out against Boise High. You can listen to the game on 630 The Fan starting at 7:30.
Borah Head Coach Cary Cada promised me nothing will change for the Lions now that they are the new #1 team in the state and we will see if he is right as they take on Meridian tonight. This is a potential first round preview as these two teams are sitting #1 and #8 in the conference. The Warriors need to get going early as they fell behind by 15 points to Centennial last weekend only scoring 10 points in the first half.
The final game is Timberline at Rocky Mountain and the biggest question will be what Rocky team will show up. The Grizzlies have taken Mountain View and Eagle down to the wire, but have nothing to show for it as they are in 9th place with seven games remaining. Timberline gets their leading scorer back in Jarid Downey, but maybe their offense should run through Jordan Hall considering he had 28 points against Mountain View. The Wolves have a great opportunity this weekend to get two wins over teams below them in the standings and if thats the case, they could be right in the mix to potentially take the #2 seed going into the district tournament.