5A SIC District Championship Preview
Back in early December when all teams were beginning conference play, Borah went to Mountain View's gym and lost 52-51 in a game where they had a chance to win it at the end. At the time, it was safe to assume that these two teams would battle it out all year long for the regular season conference crown, but that certainly wasn't the case.
At the time we didn't know how significant this loss was for Borah because since that night in early December, the Lions have not lost a game and will go for win #20 in a row tonight in the District Championship against the defending State Champion Mountain View Mavericks. The Mavs got out to a strong start in their quest to defend their State Championship, but they sputtered down the stretch, mostly due to injuries. Currently, Mountain View is healthy again and is starting to play their best basketball at the right time of the season.
It is amazing when you break down all of the team and individual statistics throughout the course of the season that these two teams are at the top of nearly all of them, so it should be no surprise they are the two teams left standing in the District Championship race. The Lions lead the league in points scored and points allowed, while the Mavericks are just closely behind them. Individually, there is a player on one of these two squads that is leading almost every statistical category.
Borah's Ben Tucakovic, a virtual lock for SIC Player of the Year, leads the conference in points per game as he averages over 15 points per contest. Mountain View's Brandon Luedtke leads the conference with over 9 rebounds per game as well as shooting percentage as he is right around the 60% mark, quite a feat for a high school basketball player. Two other categories that struck me as interesting were Cody Spjute of Borah leading the conference in his assist to turnover ratio which is well over 3 to 1 and Randall Robinson of Mountain View is 1st in 3 point percentage shooting just under 50%. Don't forget about Borah's Super Sophomore Isaiah Wright, who dishes out 5 assists per game.
Needless to say, there are plenty of things to watch tonight as these two teams will grind it out looking to get that coveted #1 seed going into the State Tournament. But how coveted is it? The last time the District Champion also won the State Championship was back in 1995, but if there ever were two teams that could buck that trend, it would b Borah and Mountain View.
If you can't make it to the game, our coverage starts at 7:00 on 630 AM or you can listen online at 630thefan.com.