MERIDIAN Mountain View basketball coach Jon Nettleton isnt big on stats, but here are two he had to like after Fridays game against Capital:
His team registered 18 assists on 23 made field goals, and all 10 players who entered the game scored at least one basket. The balance paid off for the Mavericks, who cruised to a 63-45 home victory over the Eagles to maintain a share of second place in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference.
I thought we did a good job of executing on offense, Nettleton said. Thats something weve really been focusing on in practice, and I thought it paid off. The guys did a good job of moving the ball and finding the open man.
Senior forward Marcus Slocum led Mountain View with 16 points, while senior guard Tanner Percifield added 11 points and four assists. Eight other players scored between two and eight points for the Mavericks (11-3, 9-3), who regularly dissected the Capital defense for layups and open jumpers.
I think thats what makes us a good team, Slocum said. Anybody can score at any given moment, and when we get contributions from everybody, I think thats when were at our best.
The game was tied after the opening quarter, but Mountain View opened the second with a 12-0 run to take command. Slocum scored the first seven of those points and had 12 in the first half as the Mavericks took a 34-20 halftime lead.
Mountain View came out hot again in the third quarter, using a 14-4 run to put the game out of reach. The Mavericks had five assists on six made field goals in the period, building a 21-point lead that Capital never threatened.
It wasnt our night, Capital coach Paul Rush said. Give a lot of credit to Mountain View, because they played great. But we did a poor job of rotating on defense, and they made us pay every time.