Before we get into the surprises, the battle between the top two teams in the SIC was no contest on Saturday as Borah took care of Centennial 51-43. Its no surprise that the Lions used defense to win their 13th consecutive game and I would be surprised if any team puts up 50 points on them the remainder of the regular season. Isaiah Wright had 18 points for Borah and Ben Tucakovic narrowly missed having a double double. Tucakovic exploded for 28 points on Thursday against Eagle to cap off a pretty good weekend. Next up for the Lions is a tricky road trip to Boise High.
On the other hand, Centennial had a chance to separate themselves from Mountain View and move within one game of Borah for the conference crown. Unfortunately for the Patriots, first place is all but out of reach and they will be fighting with Mountain View for the #2 seed going into the district tournament. The Patriots and Mavericks will square off on Wednesday and you can listen to the game on 630 The Fan. If Centennial can win on the road, they will hold a very important tiebreaker between the two teams for second place.
You can't help but feel good for the Capital Eagles. The young basketball team has struggled all year long, but came away with a spectacular 53-50 win over Timberline to keep their slim hopes alive to make the district tournament. Hunter Young had 19 points for the Eagles but the key to the game was turnovers. Capital only committed seven throughout the game and that was their key to victory. Timberline is proving why they are the most inconsistent team in the SIC. They are currently in a tie for 4th place with four games left on their schedule.
Another team that was in desperate need of a win was the Vallivue Falcons, and they got a huge road win on Saturday. The Falcons erupted for 61 points and won at Eagle to put themselves on the inside of the district tournament picture. Jacob Betancourt had another solid game, but he was helped out by Gabe Vazquez who had 18 points. All of the sudden, Eagle is now 7-7 in conference play and will most likely have the 6th seed going into the district tournament unless they can turn things around in a hurry.
The defending state champion Mountain View Mavericks responded nicely on Saturday night as they took care of Meridian 51-35. The Mavericks were stymied Friday by Boise High and needed to beat Meridian to avoid their 3rd consecutive home loss. Randall Robinson had an up and down weekend as the league leader in shooting percentage was held scoreless on Friday night, but responded in a big way with 14 points against Meridian. The Warriors now are in 9th place and need to win at least two out of their last four to make it to the district tournament.
Don't look now, but the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies are starting to find their groove. After losing a couple of heartbreakers earlier in the conference season, Dane Roy's squad won both games over the weekend including an impressive 49-42 win over Boise High. Rocky is now comfortable in 7th place and with one win, would lock up a bid to the district tournament.
Remember to join us at Mickey Ray's in Eagle on Wednesday for our National Letter of Intent Show from 2-6. If you have any questions e-mail me at email@example.com.