MERIDIAN Borah High boys basketball coach Cary Cada knows exactly what the Lions 13-month winning streak means.
That meaning was on display again Tuesday night at Mountain View, where the Mavericks jumped out to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter.
Everybody wants a piece of us because they want to be the ones to break the streak, Cada said, which is a lot less meaningful to us than it is to them.
Still, the Lions dominated the middle quarters and rolled to a 56-40 win at the scene of their last defeat, on Dec. 9, 2011. Mountain View (9-3, 7-3 5A SIC) won the 2011 state title. Borah (12-0, 10-0) is the reigning champ.
Theyre a very good team, Borah star junior Isaiah Wright said. They came out strong. They wanted a piece of us tonight.
Wright fueled the comeback, which began on Nick Burts putback at the first-quarter buzzer. That sparked a 13-0 run that gave Borah a three-point halftime lead.
The Lions added an 11-0 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.
The Mavericks made five shots in the first quarter to build their lead. They only hit seven the rest of the game shooting 27.3 percent.
Probably one of the things that we need to continuously improve on is running the offense better, Mountain View coach Jon Nettleton said. Sometimes we get a little impatient. When we do it right, it looks good. When we start kind of freelancing and doing our own things, you can tell real quick.
The Mavericks looked good early while Borah went six straight possessions without a point. Cada, facing a strong opponent on the road, didnt call a timeout as the deficit grew.
He likes us working it out and getting it together as a team, Wright said.
Said Cada: Mountain View, they were ready. They had a game plan and they laid it on us. The difference in the first quarter and the other three quarters: The first quarter, we were half a step behind every play and they made us pay for it every single time; the second quarter, our guys grouped together and the intensity level came up.
As the defense improved, so did the offense.
Wright, a third-year starter, was a blur knifing into the lane for buckets in traffic and dishing to wide-open teammates with a playmakers flair. He finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and just two turnovers. He shot 11-of-15 from the field.
Wright likes to pass to the Lions dangerous 3-point shooters but that wasnt an option as often against the Mavericks, which led to his big scoring night.
They were honoring that (3-point shooting), Cada said, which allowed Isaiah a little more 1-on-1 action. And he certainly took advantage of it.
Said Nettleton: Isaiahs a man. Hes just a phenomenal guard.