Plenty of Drama on Day One
Its not often that a game that is hyped up as much as possible could live up to it, but thats exactly what Borah and Coeur D'Alene did in the opener yesterday. The #3 Vikings jumped out to a double digit lead in the 1st quarter and more than a few people inside the Idaho Center were probably wondering if this was a continuation of the poor 2nd half the top ranked Lions played against Mountain View in the District Championship. The Lions eventually were sparked, but it came from an unlikely source. In crucial moments of the game, Zach Cada knocked down two big time three pointers when no one else could get anything going and thats what got the Lions going again as they held on late for a 4 point win. Much will be made about the final play the Lions used, but with the way they played in the 2nd half, it should have never been that close. Nonetheless, they move on today and will be heavily favored against a Timberline team they have dominated all season.
The 2nd game of the day between Timberline and Highland was pretty sloppy in the 1st half before one team eventually turned it around. The Timberline Wolves had a huge 3rd quarter behind Jack Tate's stellar performance and extended their lead to double digits in the early stages of the 4th quarter to move on to the semifinals, something they couldn't do last season. When its all said and done, Timberline is the biggest underdog left in the final four and has nothing to lose when they square off against Borah tonight.
With all the talk surrounding the 1st game of the day, Post Falls and Centennial gave fans a real treat in their contest that came down to the final seconds. The Trojans looked like a squad that was going to run away with the game right before halftime as they jumped out to a 10 point advantage despite their star player, Marcus Colbert, being in foul trouble the whole 1st half. The Patriots then preceded to go on a 22-6 run in the 3rd quarter to pull the game within one and eventually took a three point lead in the final 30 seconds, but in the end, free throw shooting haunted Centennial as they missed the front end of two one-and-ones which paved the way for Marcus Colbert to make a layup with three seconds left to give Post Falls the one point win.
In the final game of the day, Mountain View and Eagle were cold shooting the 1st half as neither team scored over 20 points. In the 2nd half of action, there was a definite difference of what team has been in this stage before and what team was experiencing it for the 1st time as the Mavericks pulled away late to avance to the semifinals.
Around the rest of the Treasure Valley, it was a rough day for the 4A as Skyview and Kuna both lost to assure that we will not have a team from District 3 in the Championship. Twin Falls will play Madison and Moscow will take on Rigby in the 4A Semifinals.
We might see another rematch in the 3A as Weiser and Fruitland both won their 1st round matchups and are each one win away from playing in the State Championship. Fruitland will take on Sugar-Salem and Snake River will play Weiser tonight.
The 2A has some hope as well, as far as District 3 teams are concerned. New Plymouth rolled Butte County and Cole Valley Christian used a stellar defensive effort to move on to the semifinals. New Plymouth will play Kamiah and Cole Valley Christian will play Firth.
In the two 1A brackets, all four District 3 teams were winless and are looking to salvage a win or two to close out their season in the next few days.
We will start our coverage today at 2:45 PM from the Idaho Center and will keep it there for all three games until the conclusion of Mountain View against Post Falls, so tune in all day as 630 The Fan is your source for State Championship Basketball. Be sure to follow us on twitter as well @630thefan