Down goes Rocky.
Post Falls used a late surge Thursday to clip two-time defending 5A State champion Rocky Mountain 54-50 in the quarterfinals at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
A late corner 3-pointer by Caden McLean and a bucket by Terrell Mitchell gave the Trojans (18-6) a lead they didn’t relinquish.
“Coming into the game, our guys weren’t thinking too much about what Rocky had done in the past,” Post Falls coach Mike McLean said. “We knew that we just had to go out and play the team that was in front of us, and that’s what we did.”
Rocky Mountain (21-4) was led by Briggs Ranstom’s 17 points and five rebounds.
Gavven Desjarlais (19 points, six rebounds) and Colby Gennett (15 points, 13 rebounds) led Post Falls, which will face Madison in Friday’s semifinals.
The Trojans will make their third straight semifinal appearance. Hillcrest defeated Post Falls last year and Centennial defeated the Trojans in 2017.
Other quarterfinal games:
Vallivue 63, Moscow 58: Amoro Lado poured in 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Falcons (14-11) over the Bears (18-5) at Borah High School in Boise.
Gabe Quinnett paced Moscow with 26 points.
Moscow plays in a loser-out game at 2 p.m. on Friday against Twin Falls.
Sugar-Salem 60, Timberlake 26: Crew Clark scored 11 points and the Diggers (16-9) held the Tigers (9-15) scoreless in the third quarter at Meridian High School.
Chase Gardom paced Timberlake with 15 points.
Timberlake plays Parma in a loser-out game on Friday at 12:15 p.m.
Marsh Valley 64, Kellogg 52: Jacob McNabb scored 20 points to lead the Eagles (18-10) over the Wildcats (9-14).
Raiden Rickets and Gavin Luna paced Kellogg with 11 points apiece. The Wildcats play Snake River in a loser-out game on Friday at 2 p.m.
St. Maries 49, West Side 42: Kaden Hammond scored 15 points and the Lumberjacks (18-7) used a strong first half to top the Pirates (15-10) at Capital High School in Boise.
St. Maries faces Ririe in a 7 p.m. semifinal on Friday.
1A Division II
Genesis Prep 47, Salmon River 32: Kon Ajang scored 16 points and the Jaguars (15-8) topped the Savages (21-6) at Caldwell High School.
Jacob Schultz and Seth Neely added 10 points apiece for Genesis Prep, which faces Lighthouse Christian in a 2 p.m. semifinal on Friday.
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