Capital (ID) Impressive In Win, Rocky Mountain (ID) Grabs OT Victory
by Transition Hoops Report
Borah vs. Capital, Semi-final #1
Capital moved to 22-0 on the season and made it to the Southern Idaho Conference tournament finals defeating Borah. Capital was led by Hunter Young, Derrick White, and Keegan Hansen. Borah got quality minutes from Isaiah Wright and Mark Jerome.
Hunter Young was completely engaged in the game which means he was dangerous. He got hot from 3 early and consistently made the right play all night. The Fort Lewis signee attacked the rim and on the defensive end was tenacious on the ball.
Derrick White made big plays late. He finished some very strong takes and put the game on ice with free throws late. White is excellent at controlling the tempo of the game and it paid off when Borah made a run at Capital in the second half.
Keegan Hansen was a force on the defensive end. Besides hitting some big shots in the second half he proved once again that he is one of the best defenders in the northwest. His lateral quickness is elite and he is relentless on the ball.
Capital also got quality contributions from Nicholas Dow and Talon Pinckney. Dow is a special athlete that is strong and explosive. And Pinkney is a really coming into his role. He is quick and has great instincts to get into passing lanes and attacking the lane off the dribble.
Borah's Mark Jerome made some huge plays in the 3rd quarter to make a run at Capital. Jerome is known as a hard nosed defender but he also knocked down a couple 3's and got a big offensive put back to make the game interesting.
Utah signee Isaiah Wright got banged up, landing hard on a couple rebounds. But, as he always does, battled through the pain. He still managed to lead Borah in scoring with 10.
Rocky Mountain vs. Boise, Semi-final #2
In an overtime win, Rocky Mountain narrowly beat out a tough Boise team thanks to hot shooting from EJ Boyce, timely defensive players from Logan Skurdal.
Boyce showed the incredible shooting range and consistency that we we saw all of last summer. He knocked down 3 3-pointers in a 6 minute stretch in the first half to send Rocky on an important run. He then hit 2 in the second half, including a 4 point play. In OT he nailed another 2 3-pointers including a second 4-point play.
Logan Skurdal also hit a few threes. But his biggest contributions came on the defensive end of the floor, taking multiple charges. No charge was more important then during a critical stretch of OT.
For Boise, Evan Henning came off the bench and sparked them early. He hit a few threes and finished around the basket off of rebounds or good looks from teammates. His length makes his shot difficult defend and he certainly used it to his advantage tonight.
While Henning got off to a good start, Alex Rant had a good finish. He started to make plays down the stretch, which were critical in getting Boise the lead or keeping them in the game when they were down. He was confident attacking the basket and hit some important shots in the lane.