NAMPA – Genesis Prep finally met some resistance at the 1A Division II state tournament, but the Jaguars were ready to answer the challenge.
Sophomore guard Jonny Hillman poured in 29 points and senior post Stephane Manzi added 16 points with 14 rebounds and Genesis Prep knocked off defending champion Dietrich 68-62 on Saturday at the Ford Idaho Center.
It is Genesis Prep’s first state championship in any sport.
“Our guys believed in what we were doing,” Jaguars coach Marsell Colbert said. “When everyone is on the same page and you have love for one another, this is the result.”
The victory caps a breakout tournament for Genesis Prep (21-4), which rolled past Butte County 81-55 on Thursday and Carey 68-33 on Friday before thwarting Dietrich’s repeat hopes in the final.
“It’s a dream come true,” Hillman said. “It’s not a one-man show, it’s a team show, and it’s awesome to have my best friends and my brothers here enjoying this with me.”
Dietrich (24-2) jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but Genesis Prep rallied to cut the deficit to one point heading into the second quarter.
That’s when Hillman took over. The sophomore mixed hot 3-point shooting with crafty drives to the hoop as the Jaguars built a 10-point lead.
Dietrich’s Jake Smith (22 points) drained back-to-back triples to cut the lead to four, but Hillman responded moments later, hitting a driving layup, stealing the inbound pass and scoring again to push the lead back to 10.
“Jonny’s been waiting for this his whole life,” Colbert said. “His three older brothers played in this arena (for Post Falls High), and he’s been watching them, waiting for this opportunity. I’m not surprised he played the way he played today.”
Hillman finished the first half with 18 points, but Dietrich closed the second quarter on a 7-0 run to stay within striking distance.
Genesis Prep dominated the third quarter, leading by as many as 15 points as Manzi put his mark on the game. The 6-foot-9 senior dominated the paint, scoring put-back layups on offense and protecting the rim on defense with two blocks and countless altered shots.
“He’s been our anchor all year,” Colbert said. “He really controlled the boards for us today. It was a heck of an effort.”
The defending champions did not go quietly. Dietrich made several runs at the lead in the fourth quarter, with Smith (six 3-pointers), Kade Shaw (14 points) and Slade Dill (12 points, 14 rebounds) making big plays to keep the game close. But Genesis Prep had an answer each time, including a huge three-point play by Hillman with 2:36 remaining. Ultimately, the Blue Devils got no closer than five down the stretch.
“Dietrich played hard,” Manzi said. “It was a tough game, but it was fun. This is how I wanted to finish my high school career.”
Max Reidt scored nine points and Junior Williams chipped in seven for Genesis Prep, which enjoyed a 36-12 scoring advantage in the paint. The Jaguars also succeeded in slowing down Dietrich standout Garrett Astle, limiting the senior to 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.
Lewiston 69, Post Falls 62: Riley Way scored 21 points and Lewiston (15-9) held off Post Falls (19-5) 69-62 in the third place game at the Idaho State 5A tournament on Saturday at Columbia HS.
Trystan Bradley had 16 points with nine rebounds, Colton Richardson added 13 points and eight boards, and Braeden Wilson had 12 rebounds to go with seven points. Lewiston went 23 of 37 at the line.
Post Falls was led by Jake Pfennigs with 17 points and Drake Thompson added 11 before fouling out.
Moscow 66, Burley 48: Ryan Bagley scored 20 points with six assists and Burley (18-8) handled Moscow (9-13) 66-48 in the consolation final at the Idaho State 4A tournament on Saturday at Borah HS.
Ace Christiansen added 10 points while Cody Hackett and Andrew Ferrin grabbed 11 and 10 rebounds respectively.
Glen Gosse led Moscow with 12 points and Hunter Pickard added 10.
Kellogg 49, Gooding 40: Toby Colburn scored 12 points with 10 rebounds while Chase Jerome added 12 points and Kellogg (20-3) beat Gooding (15-13) 49-40 on Saturday in the third place game at the Idaho State 3A tournament at Meridian HS.
Kellogg jumped out to a 12-3 lead after the first quarter and pulled away with an 18-10 fourth-quarter run.
Gooding was led by Bryson Comstock and Tyler Visser with 12 points apiece.
Weiser 61, Timberlake 37: Alberto Sanchez scored 26 points and Weiser (23-2) roughed up Timberlake (14-10) 61-37 on Saturday in the consolation final at the Idaho State 3A tournament at Meridian HS.
Bridger Bumgarner scored 21 points with 10 rebounds and four assists for Weiser.
Timberlake was paced by Jacob James with nine points.
St. Maries 49, New Plymouth 24: Jake Sieler scored 13 points with six rebounds and St. Maries (14-5) beat New Plymouth (13-12) 49-24 on Saturday in the third place game at the Idaho State 2A tournament at Capital HS.
Brady Martin added 11 points and seven boards for the Lumberjacks.
New Plymouth was led by Cody Fernley and Riley Harris with five points apiece.
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