The Lake City boys basketball team knocked off Post Falls 51-46 to capture the 5A Region I championship and a state berth.
Click more to read my unedited story and a roundup of the other Idaho boys tournament games.
By Greg Lee
An eight-year drought for the
The Timberwolves (13-9 overall) advance to state for the first
time since 2002 – in the next-to-last year of current coach Jim Winger’s first
term. State is March 4-6 at the
LC built a 32-20 lead midway in the third quarter, but the Trojans slowly pecked away at the margin. They pulled within 37-31 by period’s end.
But the Trojans’ two ensuing shots went awry – like most for PF’s top four scorers. Colbert, Shawn Reid, Malcolm Colbert and Connor Hill were a combined 9 of 46 from the field (20 percent).
The T-Wolves righted themselves, making 10 of 15 free throws in the final 1:22.
“It was just guts,” said LC junior wing Mark Smyly, who had a team-high 16 points and six rebounds. “We stepped up. We played to win and didn’t play to lose. It would have been easy to crumble at that point.”
Winger was more than a little tense when the Trojans wiped away most of the lead.
“That’s why I’m so proud of them,” Winger said of his team’s late composure. “I thought the tide had turned a bit and I was worried. On the road, in this atmosphere, that was big time closure of the game there.”
“Not much to say when you shoot like that,” McLean said. “We made
Connor White led CdA with 19 points and Jake Matheson added 11.
Joel Underdahl led
Bonners Ferry 66, Timberlake 44: The Badgers rolled from the outset, opening a 39-19 lead by halftime in a loser-out game Rathdrum.
Justin Everhart led BF (7-12) with 15 points. The
fourth-seeded Badgers meet No. 1-ranked and top-seeded
Kellogg 72, Orofino 34: The Wildcats held the Maniacs to single digits in the first three quarters in a loser-out game at Rathdrum.
Ethan Wendt led Kellogg with 18 points and Cody Lewis had 16. No. 3-seeded Kellogg (12-9) faces No. 2 St. Maries (9-7) tonight at 6.
Charter (14-9) meets Kamiah on Thursday at
Mullan (7-9) goes to Kootenai (11-9) on Friday to decide a state berth. Justin Scheel led Mullan with 16 points.