February 26, 1997 in Sports

Post Falls Advances Past Cda Trojans Reach State A-1 Tourney With 60-51 Win

By The Spokesman-Review

It was everything Post Falls High boys basketball coach Scott Moore could ask for in a regional championship game.

His team battled through tightness, an adrenaline high, poor shooting in stretches and uncharacteristic turnovers. Still, Post Falls’ constant all season, solid defense, prevailed.

It was no better way for the Trojans to tune up for state as they held off Coeur d’Alene, 60-51, in the A-1 Region I title contest before a vociferous crowd of 1,600 at the Trojans’ gym Tuesday.

Post Falls (20-3 overall) posted its 16th consecutive win and fourth against Coeur d’Alene (15-9). The Trojans advance to state, which will be held March 6-8 at the new Idaho Center in Nampa.

The Trojans will meet the loser of Friday’s District III championship game between Boise and Capital in the opening round at state.

Coeur d’Alene can still earn a state berth. The Vikings travel to Craigmont on Saturday to face the District III third-place finisher, either Skyview of Nampa or Eagle. Skyview and Eagle play tonight with the winner moving on to meet CdA.

“It was great preparation for state,” Moore said. “The game was never out of reach. We knew we had to keep going at it with every ounce we had. We didn’t play our best; we know we have some room for improvement. But I think we’re peaking at the right time.”

Although the Trojans led by as many as 20 points, the Post Falls students seemed a bit premature in pronouncing their team’s future travel plans with 1:29 remaining.

Post Falls led 58-45 with about 90 seconds left. Back to back 3-pointers by CdA’s Eddie Gibbs cut the lead to 58-51 with 9 seconds left. But time ran out on the Viks.

CdA stayed close in the first half. A 7-4 spurt by the Viks to close the second quarter allowed them to go into halftime trailing 29-21 after falling behind by 13.

The Viks never got any closer than seven points in the second half.

A steal and a layup by Chad Quesnell extended Post Falls’ lead to 56-36 with 3:29 left in the fourth quarter.

The Viks played much better than they did in an 89-59 loss to the Trojans last Friday.

CdA coach Larry Bieber said Saturday following a loser-out win over Lake City that he had a “secret” game plan for Post Falls.

He denied having such a plan Tuesday, saying he was essentially just joking with a reporter. Box score/C5

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