Eagle Stays Alive
The rollercoaster ride of unpredictability has been the recurring theme for the Eagle Mustangs all season and it was only fitting last night's 5th place game came down to the final 5 seconds and was almost a mirror image of the game the night before.
Eagle had a chance to punch their ticket to the State Tournament on Wednesday when team leader, Braiden Shaw missed two free throws to extend the game and eventually Centennial won. Last night, he had a chance to redeem himself and boy did he ever. The Mustangs held the lead the whole game before Boise High took a 3 point advantage in the final minute. Connor Kent made a layup and following a missed free throw by the Braves, Eagle had a chance to take the lead back. Shaw then missed a jumper and while the ball was loose, he was fouled with 5.8 seconds remaining and was sent to the free throw line to shoot a one-and-one. With thoughts surely swirling through his head from the night before, he calmly sunk both free throws to keep the Mustang's season alive by winning 40-39. On three consecutive games, Eagle has played an overtime game which they lost, a double overtime game in which they lost and then last night's one point victory. They will now travel to Burley High School on Saturday to play Skyline, who lost in triple overtime to Highland in their District Championship, for the final spot in the 5A State Tournament.
The 4A is in the spotlight tonight as they will crown their District Champion when Kuna and Skyview will battle it out at 8 PM. Before that game starts, Bishop Kelly will play Caldwell for 3rd place and the winner will go to a play-in game on Saturday as well. Both games will take place at Middleton High School.
Remember that the 5A SIC District Championship is tomorrow night and we will start our coverage at 7:00 PM as the Borah Lions will put their 19 game winning streak on the line against the defending State Champion, Mountain View Mavericks.