The District Tournament Has Finally Arrived
Its well documented that the final day of the regular season did not happen without soe last minute drama and a scramble to figure out who would be in the District Tournament. After all the dust had settled, the Vallivue Falcons were the fortunate (or unfortunate) team to get into the field, but they have to play the #1 Borah Lions tonight as their prize.
Borah dominated the two regular season games between these teams and all signs point towards another rout especially considering how Vallivue played on Thursday against Meridian but as many people have told me before, "thats why they play the game." Vallivue's late season run would not have been possible without Jacob Betancourt as he skyrocketed up to 3rd place in the SIC averaging nearly 14 points per game. The virtual lock to win SIC Player of the Year, Ben Tucakovic of Borah, led the league with 15 points per game and will need to maintain that for the Lions to avoid the collapse of the year. The biggest question in this game will be how the Falcons will attempt to score against Borah. Vallivue is one-dimensional offensively as it is and it doesn't help that they are running into a team that only allows 41 points per game.
The other matchup on the top half of the bracket has Timberline playing Eagle. It is fitting that these two will play each other because they have been the two most inconsistent teams all year long. Despite that, each team has shown signs of brilliance and can beat anyone on a given night if they play to their potential. For Timberline, its all about defense. If they can play defense to the best of their ability, like they did Thursday against Centennial, Eagle is in for a long night. If the Mustangs can split through the Wolves defense, it will favor Eagle who is currently on a three game win streak and more importantly, they ARE playing their best basketball at the right time of the year.
The bottom half of the bracket will be filled with teams that play stellar defense. The Mountain View Mavericks have been playing with a target on their back all season being the defending State Champions and that target will only get bigger as postseason play begins. Fortunately for the Mavericks, they get a favorable matchup against a team they have dominated so far this season. The Meridian Warriors come into this game on a two game winning streak behind 1st year head coach, Mike Graefe. The Warriors do not shoot the ball particularly well, but the strength of their team is a stout 1-3-1 zone defense that has stymied many teams this season.
The final matchup is a rematch of a game that happened just one week ago and went into overtime. Centennial and Boise High both stumble into this game coming off losses in the regular season finales and both coaches are wondering which team is going to show up tonight. Centennial has not shot the ball well at all the last few games and have struggled to get into the 40's and that does not bode well for a team going up against the #2 defense in the SIC. Aaron Maffey is going to need some help from his friends sharing the scoring load or Centennial might be on their way to a 1st round upset. Boise High has been experiencing the same kind of struggles that Centennial has been going through. Shooting the basketball has not gone particularly well for the Braves, especially in the 2nd half against Eagle on Thursday night. Much like Aaron Maffey of Centennial, Joe Simpson is going to need some help from his teammates if Boise High is going to come out on top.
You can listen to Mountain View vs. Meridian AND Centennial vs. Boise on 630 The Fan tonight with coverage starting at 6:00 and going all the way through the conclusion of the 2nd game tonight from Eagle High School.
Tune into the show tomorrow for a full recap of the 5A AND 4A Boys District Tournament on Sports 630 The Fan.