The Three Tiers of the 5A SIC
Let's start at the top of the conference and the game between Borah and Meridian is a true testament to how wide open the 5A SIC is this year. Meridian was actually up by 9 points at halftime as Borah either was distracted by being the #1 team in the state, or it was because starter Braden Corpus was gone on a football recruiting trip. Nonetheless, the Lions had a huge third quarter and held on for a 48-44 win behind Isaiah Wright's 16 point performance. Borah has a two game lead over Centennial and Mountain View with six games remaining. If the Lions can beat Centennial and Eagle this weekend, they will all but lock up the #1 seed going into the district tournament.
Mountain View got all they wanted from the pesky Capital Eagles who actually held a 10 point lead in the middle of the 2nd quarter. If you were at this game, you wouldn't have been able to guess that Capital was in last place. They played inspired in the first half and their zone defense really seemed to bother the Mavericks until Mountain View broke through in the 2nd half in route to a 10 point win.
In the only showdown between teams in the top half of the conference, Centennial gritted out a road victory against Eagle winning by just four points. The key for the Patriots again was balanced scoring. Aaron Maffey had 16 and Daryl Robertson added 12 as Centennial stayed tied with Mountain View at 9-3 in conference play. For the Mustangs, they were led as usual by Braiden Shaw who had another double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams will have to improve quickly as they will each play at Borah this weekend.
Boise High wasted little time in putting away Vallivue on Friday as the final score was 54-31. The Falcons again struggled to score and their leading scorer, JT Fowers, had just six points. The Braves needed this rebound game and are in the "middle" tier right now at 7-5 in conference play.
The upset of the weekend was the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies finally breaking through by beating Timberline on Friday. The Grizzlies had a huge 2nd quarter and road the coattails of Bryce Feist and David Trompke for their third conference win. Timberline had way too many turnovers to win on the road and was looking for answers on Saturday night.
The lone game to be played Saturday was Vallivue at Timberline in a rescheduled game that was originally going to take place over Christmas break. Vallivue brought their offense to the table but ultimately fell up short, 61-58. All three of Timberline's weapons were on as Jarid Downey, Jordan Hall and Jackson Reed all had 13 points or more.
With six games left, there is a two way tie for second place between Mountain View and Centennial, a three-way tie for fourth between Boise, Eagle and Timberline AND a three way tie for seventh place between Rocky Mountain, Vallivue and Meridian as one of those three teams will be left out of the district tournament