Another Wild Night in the SIC
We have to start off at the top of the conference and a game I attended where the Borah Lions manhandled Timberline winning 65-50. Ben Tucakovic is certainly making his case for the 5A SIC Player of the Year and with the game he had, he has my vote. The senior used a combination of inside domination and outside shooting to put up 25 points to pace the Lions to the double digit victory, but he wasn't the only one that had a big game. A total of four Lions reached double figures and Brock Holubetz had a stellar first half as he finished with ten points. Timberline competed well without Jarid Downey, but in the end was no match for the #1 team in the state. Jordan Hall led the Wolves with 16 points.
I said on the show yesterday that Boise and Centennial would play a physical game that would most likely be in the 40's and thats exactly what happened. The Patriots survived in overtime as they were able to knock off the Braves 44-41. Boise High actually held a three point lead going into the 4th quarter, but managed just two points in the final frame which, in turn, forced overtime. With Aaron Maffey having an off night, Daryl Robertson finally emerged back on the scene leading all scores with 17 points.
After last Friday's win over Mountain View, there was still something missing from the Eagle Mustang's arsenal and that was leading scorer Braiden Shaw. Last night, he responded in a big way scoring 27 points and chipping in 9 rebounds as Eagle blew out Capital 58-36. Capital came out on fire at the beginning of the game, but much like their game against Centennial last Friday, they could not keep up with the high scoring pace of Eagle and came up short as a result.
Mountain View suffered mightily scoring without Tanner Percifield, but now that he is back and healthy, the Mavericks looked liked themselves again with a ten point win over Vallivue. Percifield scoring 16 points and more importantly, paved the way for Brandon Luedtke to have 14 points and 10 rebounds as well. The Mavericks are still tied with Centennial going into the final game of the regular season and if the Mavericks beat Rocky Mountain, they will clinch the #2 seed.
The final game of the night had the most meaning as Meridian shocked the rest of the 5A SIC and won at Rocky Mountain 57-55. The Warriors needed to win to keep their season alive and with the win, they are in control of their own destiny as they own the head to head tiebreak with Rocky. The Warriors will host Vallivue on Thursday with the winner guaranteed a spot in the District Tournament and the loser hoping that Rocky Mountain will come up short against Mountain View. For the Grizzlies, they have to win on Thursday and get some help to get back in the District Tournament picture.
So with just one game remaining in the regular season, we have a two-way tie for 2nd place, a three-way tie for 4th place and a dogfight going on at the bottom of the standings to get in the District Tournament. Needless to say, Thursday should be full of excitement.