Snow and Salt Lake were the big winners Thursday on the first day of the Region 18 men’s basketball tournament in Coeur d’Alene.
Reserve guard London Simonsen scored a game-high 17 points to lead Snow to a 78-73 first-round victory over Colorado Northwestern. The third-seeded Badgers advance to a semifinal against tournament-host and No. 2 seed North Idaho today at 2 p.m.
Top-seeded Salt Lake will play Southern Idaho in the other semifinal, a 7:30 p.m. start. CSI defeated Southern Utah 72-51 on Thursday.
In the women’s bracket, Salt Lake had four players in double figures in a 79-41 victory over Colorado Northwestern. Salt Lake will play second-seeded North Idaho in a noon semifinal. No. 1 Southern Idaho will play Snow in the other semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Snow defeated Eastern Utah 62-49 on Thursday.
All games are at NIC’s Christianson Gym.