The Year of the Lions
Although his team may not play the glitziest form of basketball, Borah head coach Cary Cada doesn't mind one bit. They always say defense wins championships and that statement held true to form this weekend as Borah held a stout Post Falls team to just 31 points in the 5A State Championship rolling along to the title.
A State Championship never comes easy and the Lions knew they would be tested multiple times. On Thursday, before Borah could blink, they were down by double digits to Coeur D'Alene and had to climb their way back in the 2nd half before securing the victory in the final minute. On Friday, it was not smooth sailing by any means. The surprise of the tournament, Timberline, gave Borah all they could handle and had the deficit cut down to just one point with four minutes remaining. From there, it was the Isaiah Wright show as the sophomore had two crucial steals in consecutive possessions and turned them into points to extend the lead back to 6 before Timberline could blink. So after two close games, it would be safe to assume that Borah would be in for another nailbiter against the #2 team in the State, but they instead turned in their most complete effort of the season to cruise to a 49-31 victory.
I said it on the broadcast Saturday night and I will say it again. The 2011-2012 Basketball Season will be remembered as the year of defense, as teams put up impressive defensive stats all year, and the year of the Lions as they crushed their competition and were one bucket away from perfection.
All in all, it was a fantastic year in the 5A SIC and the conference was represented well at the State Tournament as Centennial was one point away from making it an all SIC semifinal round before Marcus Colbert stole the show.
More on the other divisions throughout the week, so stay tuned in to the show as today we will be talking with the three State Championship coaches that brought back titles to District Three.