December 16, 2011, 10:23 am
The Braves out played Mountain View in the first half and held a 9 point lead halfway through the second quarter. A few turnovers by Boise High allowed the Mavericks to get back into the game and Tanner Percifield made a half court shot at the buzzer to put Mountain View up by one going into the locker room. On a night where Brandon Luedtke struggled to get into double digits because of Joe Simpson's stellar defensive effort, sophomore Branson Trube rose to the occasion for the Mavs as he had 14 points just two games after he broke his nose against Borah. Mountain View should cruise Saturday against Meridian, but they will be tested again next Tuesday at Centennial.
The Borah Lions stymied Eagle right from the beginning of the game and held a 10 point advantage at halftime. From there, Borah continued to dominate behind the solid post play of Ben Tucakovic as he had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Cody Spjute came onto the scoring scene as well for Borah and if he can keep that up, it spells trouble for the rest of the SIC because that's another element the Lions would have to their already potent offense.
The battle of two desperate teams was won by Centennial as they outpaced Vallivue 62-53. Timberline took care of business against Meridian to improve to 3-1 in SIC play and Rocky Mountain notched their first conference win as they knocked off Capital 47-37.
Join us today at Beef O'Brady's from 4-6 PM where we will recap all of the high school games and talk with a few of the star players that performed well last night.
December 15, 2011, 1:50 pm
Another game will feature two teams in the top half of the conference as the defending state champion, Mountain View Mavericks will take on the Boise Braves. The big question surrounding this game will be the health of senior forward, Joe Simpson. He was hurt in the game against Timberline and his team responded well without him as they knocked off Vallivue in overtime. The key to the Braves success this year has been their defense. They allow less than 40 points per game and will need another strong effort tonight against the top offensive team in the conference.
If there ever was a game in December that two teams were desperate to get a win, it is the matchup tonight of Centennial at Vallivue. The Patriots are 2-3 and their three losses are by a COMBINED 4 points with the latest one being a one point defeat to Eagle. On the other hand, Vallivue needs to protect their home floor. With three games in a row at home, they need to take care of business at home and that starts tonight against Centennial.
The other two games are Timberline at Meridian and Capital at Rocky. Timberline is the heavy favorite as the Warriors are still trying to find their identity this year under first year head coach, Mike Graefe. The Wolves have used a balanced attack to move to 2-1 in conference play and if they don't beat themselves, they should move to 3-1. When Capital travels to Rocky Mountain tonight, one team will be getting their first conference win.
You can listen to the Mountain View vs. Boise game tonight on 630 The Fan. Tip-off is at 7:30.
December 14, 2011, 2:48 pm
There were no surprises last night with two of the top teams in the conference matching up against squads that are definitely in rebuilding mode. Mountain View beat Capital 53-36 in a game where the final score was not as indicative of how much of a mismatch this game really was. Brandon Luedtke sat the whole fourth quarter and Tanner Percifield was held under his season average in scoring, but the Mavericks still cruised to an easy win. The Eagles have some pieces in place with Cam Carlsen and Hunter Young, but if they want to compete in the 5A SIC later on in the season, they will need someone else to start scoring on the offensive end.
Borah defeated Meridian 47-36 in a game where both teams struggled to score. The Warriors tried to use a half-court trap to slow down the Lions and it worked for a while, but Borah pulled through in the end.
The Timberline Wolves used a balanced attack to hold off Rocky Mountain 57-48. The Grizzlies only had 8 points at halftime and had to climb uphill the rest of the game. Three Wolves had eight rebounds and Jackson Reed was close to a double double as he finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds.
The upset of the night was the Boise Braves going on the road and defeating Vallivue without their leading scorer Joe Simpson. Alex Rant and Garrett Jones filled the void offensively as they each had 11 points. The Braves will be tested tomorrow night when they host Vallivue. You can hear that game on 630 The Fan.
As promised, here is the video of the student section in Massachusetts starting a new tradition.
December 12, 2011, 11:54 am
After the two teams settled in, Mountain View exploded in the 2nd quarter and took a 10 point lead into the locker room behind the hot shooting of Randall Robinson. It seemed every time the Mavericks needed a big shot and the offense was wearing down, Robinson delivered and became the hero in a game where he was not expected to be.
For the top-ranked Lions, turnovers proved to be key as Isiah Wright had some communication issues with the rest of his teammates in the 4th quarter and when he threw a pass out of bounds in the final minute, it proved to be costly. Ben Tucakovic really proved why he might be the best player in the 5A SIC as he scored 20 points and had 7 rebounds. Neither team had a let down the next day as Borah beat Vallivue and Mountain View snuck past Timberline.
A game that might not have too much meaning in early December, but might be the difference in determining district seeding was Timberline's one point win at Boise on Friday. The Wolves and the Braves are both picked in the middle of the pack for the 5A SIC and judging by the way Timberline competed against Mountain View, they look like a team that will be in the mix in late February.
It will be a busy week for all ten squads as they all will play on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week.
Tune in to 630 The Fan on Tuesday and Thursday as we will be broadcasting Mountain View basketball. Tip time is at 7:30.
December 8, 2011, 2:09 pm
Both teams were slow out of the gate as they both failed to reach double digits by the ed of the first quarter. Fortunately for Boise High, having four starters coming back from last years squad worked to their advantage in the second quarter as they built a 12 point lead by intermission. Playing at home seemed to inspire the Eagles as they came out of the locker room and brought the game to within single digits after the third quarter, but the Braves outscored them 18-5 in the 4th quarter for a convincing 56-34 win.
Boise's Joe Simpson led all scores with 20 points and Ben Showalter chipped in 14. Capital's leading scorer was Gavin Beck with 8 points.
The final non-conference affair between Borah and Bishop Kelly took place on Tuesday night and after watching those two teams in person, I can see why they are both picked to win their respective leagues. Borah's size will be tough for anyone to defend and Isaiah Wright was an absolute treat to watch and I can understand why he is the talk of the SIC despite being just a sophomore.
We will be broadcasting live at Beef O'Brady's on the corner of Eagle and Overland tomorrow to officially tip-off conference play and the marquee matchup is #1 Borah at the defending state-champion Mountain View Mavericks. Other games on Friday night are Boise High going to Timberline, Vallivue at Capital, Rocky Mountain at Centennial and Meridian at Eagle.
Come join us at Beef O'Brady's tomorrow between 4-6 PM and be sure to stay tuned to 630 The Fan for extensive High School basketball coverage throughout the season.