A Game for the Ages
In a game with so many momentum swings, there were plenty of opportunities for both Eagle and Centennial to clinch a State Tournament Berth in regulation. Fortunately for the Patriots, they finally pulled through 65-57 in a double overtime game for the ages that sent longtime Patriot head coach, Tom Aipperspach back to the State Tournament.
Eagle had the lead for the majority of the game and seemed in control behind a big 2nd half from Jon Satchwell, who had 13 second half points. Momentum quickly shifted and Centennial found themselves with a three point lead in the final ten seconds of regulation. After the Patriots missed the front end of a one and one, the Mustangs drove down the floor with no timeouts remaining and Satchwell was there to save the day and knock in the game-tying three pointer to send the game into overtime.
In the first extra session, both teams struggled to score offensively and Eagle's Braiden Shaw had a chance to win the game with 5 seconds left if he could knock down one free throw. Shaw, who is a 52% free throw shooter, missed them both as everyone in the ThunderDome was holding their breath and the game was then sent to a 2nd overtime. So after both teams felt they had a legitimate chance to win the game, Centennial finally stopped letting Eagle hang around and put them away in the 2nd overtime to clinch their spot in the State Tournament. Eagle will have to turn around quickly and win tonight against Boise High to have a chance to make it into the State Tournament.
In the 1st game of the night, the Timberline Wolves beat their arch rival, Boise High, to complete a season sweep and send the Wolves back to the State Tournament by winning 56-46. Jackson Reed had a monster game as he scored 21 points and had 8 rebounds. For Boise, they will also have to have a short term memory as they will have to beat Eagle tonight to extend their season.
Up North, the Post Falls Trojans defeated the Coeur D'Alene Vikings 47-41 to win their district championship and more importantly, locked up a berth in the State Tournament next week. By gaining the #1 seed, the Trojans will play Centennial in the 1st round, setting up a big time showdown. The Vikings will have to beat Lake City on Friday to earn their spot in the State Tournament.
In the 4A, Bishop Kelly and Caldwell survived and they will play each other for the consolation championship tomorrow night with the winner headed to a play-in game on Saturday.
In the Snake River Valley Conference, the Fruitland Grizzlies avenged two earlier losses to Weiser and grabbed their 10th consecutive District Championship and locked in their spot in the State Tournament.
You can listen to the Boise vs. Eagle game tonight with coverage starting at 7:00.