The Coeur d’Alene boys found an extra gear in the fourth quarter and passed Lewiston for a 67-58 win in the 5A Region 1 tournament at Coeur d’Alene High School o Friday.
The win sends the Vikings (15-7) to the state tournament, which starts Thursday. Coeur d’Alene was the state runner-up three years ago.
Lewiston (11-10), the state champion just two years ago, now faces defending state champion Post Falls tonight at 5 for the region’s second state berth.
The Vikings trailed by four early in the fourth quarter, but Jake Matheson and Chad Chalich would not be denied a trip to state. Chalich scored 10 of his team-high 20 points in the final period and Matheson added 8 of his 16. Deon Watson scored 19 points.
The Vikings hit 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch.
Lewiston’s Matt Kalbfleisch led all scorers with 23 points.
3A District I
Priest River 52, St. Maries 34: The Spartans will return to the state tournament to defend their title.
Eric Holbrook handed out nine assists, grabbed seven rebounds and scored six points to help the No. 1-seeded Spartans (17-5) beat the Lumberjacks (17-5) at Lakeland High School. Mikey Bach led Priest River with 12 points. Zach Lehman led St. Maries with 12.
The Lumberjacks will play Kellogg today at 5 at Lakeland for the district’s No. 2 seed to the state tournament.
Kellogg 64, Bonners Ferry 52: A quick start by the Wildcats (15-6) proved to be the difference in the win over the Badgers (4-16). The loss ended Bonners Ferry’s season.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead. Garrett Wendt and Tyler Morgan each scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Mat Evans of Bonners Ferry led all scorers with 13.
2A District I-II
Grangeville 57, Coeur d’Alene Charter 45: The Panthers’ rally was cut short by clutch free-throw shooting in the loser-out game at Lapwai.
Grangeville will play today in a play-in game for state.
Greg Roman scored 19 to lead Coeur d’Alene Charter (16-5).
1A Division II
Kootenai 47, Mullan 23: The Warriors (6-11) used a pesky defense and strong rebounding to earn a spot at the state tournament with the win over the Tigers (3-14).
Graydon Myhre scored a game-high 14 points and Jacob Zarpentine grabbed 12 rebounds in the win. The loss ended the season for Mullan.
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