Skyviews undefeated run through the Southern Idaho Conference is over.
The race for league supremacy and the 4A state championship is just beginning.
Bishop Kelly junior Luke Meyers scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds Friday as the Knights rode red-hot second-half shooting and a spirited home crowd to a 56-48 upset at Bishop Kelly High.
Skyview has always been a big rival of ours, so we wanted to get this win, Meyers said. We played as a team, we got it done, and this is our biggest win of the season by far.
Cory Brady added 10 points and five assists for Bishop Kelly, while Spencer King and David Poulsen each chipped in nine points. Standout guard Turner Simmons scored just five points in an off shooting night, but he did contribute a game-high six assists.
Bishop Kelly improves to 11-3 in 4A SIC play, while Skyview drops to 13-1. The conference title is still up for grabs with two regular-season games remaining, but both teams know the real battle begins at the upcoming District Three Tournament.
Its a nice win because Skyview-BK has turned into a great rivalry, BK coach Larry Crump said. But having said that, its just game 18 for us, and it wont mean much if we dont build on it and continue to improve.
Bishop Kelly (12-6 overall) led 20-19 after an ugly, low-scoring first half. But the Knights seized command in the third quarter, using a patient approach to find easy baskets in the paint and open jumpers on the perimeter. BK shot a blistering 9-for-11 in the quarter while racking up eight assists against just one turnover to grab a 41-31 lead.
Skyview likes to pressure you, so we talked about being composed and taking care of the ball, Crump said. We thought if we could hold on to possessions and make a lot of passes, we could find some easy baskets, and it worked.
Bishop Kelly maintained its lead throughout the fourth quarter as Skyview (16-2 overall) struggled to find its shooting touch. The Hawks finished the game shooting just 38 percent from the floor, 23 percent on 3-pointers and 55 percent from the free throw line. JC Kennedy (13 points), Toby Anderson (10) and Daniel Slemmer (10) reached double figures, but the Hawks got zero points from their bench and were outrebounded 34-21 overall.
BK played well tonight they put us on our heels, Skyview coach Aaron Sanders said. Nobody likes to lose, but hopefully this will help us refocus going into the district tournament.
We plan on seeing Bishop Kelly at least three times every year. We got them the first time, they got us tonight, and hopefully when we see them in a big game down the road at districts or state, well be able to get that one.