Four high school boys basketball teams punch their tickets to state

Timberline and Borah (5A); BK and Skyview (4A) win district games.

STATESMAN STAFFFebruary 26, 2014 

The underdog prevailed in three of the four boys basketball district tournament games with state playoff implications Tuesday night.

Borah and Timberline won elimination games in the 5A tournament to secure a spot at state, while Bishop Kelly and Skyview prevailed in the 4A semifinals.

BK and Skyview meet at 8 p.m. Friday at Skyview High in Nampa for the 4A District Three championship, though both teams are already headed to state.

TIMBERLINE 55, BOISE 51

After losing to Boise twice during the regular season, the Wolves finally solved the Braves when their season was at stake.

Junior guard Gibson Berryhill scored 23 points, and junior forward Bryce Gonser added nine points and 10 rebounds to help No. 5 Timberline upend No. 2 Boise in a winner-take-all-showdown at Vallivue High.

“We came together and realized that we had to get this done and we formulated a game plan and the kids stuck to it. They had a no-quit type of attitude,” Timberline coach Bruce Logsdon said. “I am just really proud of all the kids and my assistant coaches on the job they have done.”

Timberline (13-10) earns the No. 4 seed at next week’s 5A state tournament, which is March 6-8 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Boise (16-7) — which got 21 points and 12 rebounds from senior Sam Simpson — was eliminated.

Timberline’s first-round opponent at state will be the winner of Friday’s district championship game between Capital (22-0) and Rocky Mountain (17-5).

BORAH 45, CENTENNIAL 27

The two-time defending state champions kept their hopes of a three-peat alive with a victory over the Patriots (9-14) in an elimination game at Vallivue High.

The win, in combination with Timberline’s victory over Boise, means the Lions (16-7) will be the district’s No. 3 seed at state. They’ll draw a first-round matchup against the District Five-Six champ- ion from eastern Idaho.

“In the first half, we took some hurried shots, and I think they were a little hurried on some shots with both teams feeling like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is do-or-die,’ ” Borah coach Cary Cada said. “The shot selection was much better in the second half. We executed well offensively and defended even smarter.”

Sophomore guard Rylan Bergersen paced Borah with 13 points, while DeAndre Jones and Isaiah Wright each had 12 points.

SKYVIEW 40, NAMPA 34

The Hawks are headed to state for the 10th consecutive season after knocking off top-seeded Nampa (18-4) in a 4A District Three semifinal at Nampa High.

Skyview (17-5) got 13 points from Austin Sharp, but coach Aaron Sanders said it was a strong defensive effort that keyed the victory.

“They’ve watched the groups ahead of them and watched them have success and they wanted to step up and keep the run going,” Sanders said. “... For our kids to be able to win this one when a lot was on the line, I think that was huge for our kids.”

BISHOP KELLY 53, MIDDLETON 46

The No. 3 Knights kept their composure and made free throws down the stretch to escape with a road victory over No. 2 Middleton (15-7).

Seven Knights scored — led by senior Luke Meyers with 15 points— and Bishop Kelly (16-6) secured a state berth for the fifth time in six seasons.

“We’ve got a lot of guys that could step up and have big nights, but I think we’re better when we share the ball and lots of guys contribute,” Bishop Kelly coach Larry Crump said.

Middleton and Kuna, and Mountain Home and Nampa play elimination games Wednesday.

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