Declo Wins A-3; Wilder Captures A-4 Associated Press

Idaho A-3/A-4 boys

Senior Mike Christensen scored 21 points Saturday, including a 65-foot 3-pointer with 1 second left in overtime, to lift Declo past Kimberly 72-71 for its first Idaho A-3 boys high school basketball championship.

Earlier, junior Matt Reeder scored 25 points as Firth beat Grangeville 64-54 for third place, and junior Darren Uranga’s 25 points led five Trojans in double figures as Homedale defeated West Side 85-76 for the tournament’s consolation title.

Kimberly led Declo 23-16 after the first quarter of the championship game and still held a 31-30 advantage at halftime. The Bulldogs padded their lead by five points in the third quarter, but the Hornets came back to force overtime with the score tied 63-63.

Kimberly had the advantage from long range, hitting 10 of 19 3-point attempts. But Declo took advantage of 17 Bulldogs turnovers to score 21 points, while the Hornets committed only six turnovers of their own.

And even though Kimberly outrebounded Declo 36-20, the Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the field while the Hornets made 57 percent of their shots.


Junior forward Spencer Lynn scored a game-high 21 points as Wilder beat Hagerman 60-50 for the championship at the Idaho A-4 boys high school basketball tournament.

Hagerman was led by senior post Preston Stephenson with 15 points.

The Pirates led 31-24 at halftime, but a 12-2 Wilder scoring run in the third quarter and a 24-17 scoring run in the fourth put the Wildcats ahead.

Wilder used free-throw opportunities to its advantage, scoring 11 points to Hagerman’s five. The Wildcats also scored more points off turnovers, with 15 to Hagerman’s nine.

Earlier, Morgan LeBlance scored 14 points and sophomore Zak Payne added 13 as Troy beat Rockland 39-34 for third place, and freshman guard Stan Aschenbrenner scored 22 points and senior Tom Cimbalik added 20 as Cascade defeated Ketchum 70-67 in overtime for fourth place.

Junior Seth Adamson’s 18 points and 15 from Mike Houston lifted Notus to a 54-49 victory over Deary for the tournament’s consolation title.

, DataTimes


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