A Big Weekend in the 5A SIC
The Borah Lions number one ranking will be tested this weekend as they will host two teams that are hungry for revenge. First up for the Lions is the Eagle Mustangs and the SIC's leading scorer, Braiden Shaw. Eagle is still in the middle tier of the standings and is looking for a big win to boost themselves up for the district tournament. The Lions struggled to beat Meridian last weekend and will need a better effort this weekend to push their winning streak to 13 games and maintain their number one ranking.
Another matchup will take place with a team in the middle tier of the standings trying to knock off one of the top three when Boise plays at Mountain View. This is a rematch of a thriller last month when Mountain View got past the Braves 53-50. Both teams pride themselves on their defense and this game will most likely be played in the 40's. One of the premier individual matchups in the SIC that we will see Friday night will be Joe Simpson against Brandon Luedtke. Both of these big men are in the top ten in scoring and both in the top five in rebounding as they are willing their teams to win each and every game. You can listen to the game on 630 The Fan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30.
The Centennial Patriots are quietly becoming the darkhorse to win the SIC and they will have an opportunity to put themselves in prime position to do so this weekend as they take on Vallivue and Borah. The Patriots have to avoid a letdown against a hungry Vallivue team that needs to win to stay on the inside of the district tournament picture. Centennial has many weapons and could have the right recipe to knock off Borah on Saturday if they play to the best of their abilities.
There is stiff competition for the most inconsistent team in the SIC and right now it has to be the Timberline Wolves. The Wolves proved that again last weekend losing to Rocky Mountain after beating Mountain View the previous weekend. Fortunately for coach Josh Downey, they responded well on Saturday beating Vallivue 61-58. This weekend, they will host Meridian and play at Capital and on paper, it looks like the Wolves can move to 9-4 in the conference standings. Meridian is also fighting to make the district tournament and actually held a 9 point lead over #1 Borah last Friday, so the potential is there, but wins need to start showing up on the scoreboard.
Lastly, Rocky Mountain looks to build on a huge win as they play at Capital. The Grizzlies beat Timberline last weekend and moved into a tie for 7th place and need to take advantage of a big opportunity to beat the team currently sitting in last place. The Capital Eagles showed a lot of promise in their loss to Mountain View, but as coach Rush told me, they need to start winning quickly. The Eagles are 1-11 in conference play and are two games out of the race for the district tournament with just six games remaining.
It should be an exciting weekend in the SIC to say the least. Make sure to tune into 630 The Fan for the Boise vs. Mountain View game on Friday and tune in at 4:00 PM on Monday for a full recap of the weekends games.