Elimination Day for 5A and 4A Boys Basketball
After the girl's stole the show over the weekend, primarily the Middleton Vikings winning their 3rd consecutive State Championship, the boys step into the spotlight tonight with 4 elimination games taking place between the 4A and the 5A teams.
Two big time rivalries will take place at Eagle High School tonight when the Timberline Wolves try and beat the Boise Braves for the third time this season. The Braves are looking to clinch their 1st State Tournament berth in 15 years and will need someone other than Joe Simpson to score if they want to make that dream a reality. Simpson had 20 points against Mountain View on Saturday, but ultimately his team came up short in a 7 point loss to the defending State Champions. For Timberline, they have already had to fight off elimination as they defeated Vallivue 61-53 on Saturday behind a balanced scoring effort as 4 Wolves were in double figures.
The second matchup of the night will be between two longtime friends leading their respective teams on the floor. Tom Aipperspach and the Centennial Patriots look to win their 2nd straight game with the season on the line against the Tom Seifert and the Eagle Mustangs who just about beat Borah over the weekend. Centennial responded very well against Meridian as they held the Warriors to just 32 points and Landon Kissinger came back to the forefront scoring-wise as he led all scores with 16. For Eagle, the balanced scoring has been there throughout their last few games and it will need to continue tonight against the Patriots. These two split the regular season meetings and Eagle playing on their home floor could definitely be an X-factor.
In the 4A, the two hottest teams coming into the District Tournament will fight for their seasons when Middleton plays Caldwell. The Vikings could not stop Kuna's Tyler Dubowsky over the weekend as he scored 28 points in a 57-50 victory for the Kavemen. Caldwell was able to end Mountain Home's season and will need another solid effort tonight if they want to do the same to Middleton. The other matchup is a shocker to everyone because the #1 seed Bishop Kelly Knights surprisingly have to win three consecutive games to make it into the State Tournament after getting beat by Skyview over the weekend 52-51. First up for the Knights will be Columbia who on paper, seems overmatched in this contest.
Follow us on twitter @630thefan for live updates from the two 5A games tonight at Eagle High School and tune into the show tomorrow for a full recap of all the games.