4A state roundup: Nampa, Skyview, Bishop Kelly sent to consolation bracket

The semifinals are down to Burley, Bonneville, Century and Twin Falls.

SPECIAL TO THE STATESMANMarch 7, 2014 

Teams from outside the Treasure Valley have won four consecutive 4A state championships.

That streak will extend at least one more year after Nampa, Skyview and Bishop Kelly lost first-round games Thursday at Borah High.

“I think there is a lot of good basketball throughout the state,” said Burley coach Jack Bagley, whose Bobcats edged Bishop Kelly 52-48 in the nightcap. “There were some really hard-fought games, and I’m glad we were able to represent the Magic Valley with a win.”

Earlier Thursday, Twin Falls routed Nampa, Bonneville squeaked past Skyview and Century rolled past Moscow.

Friday’s semifinals feature Twin Falls versus Bonneville at 6:15 p.m. and Century versus Burley at 8.

BURLEY 52, BISHOP KELLY 48

Starts are crucial at state, and Burley couldn’t have scripted a better one. The Bobcats were hot from the outset, ripping off 19 first-quarter points to knock Bishop Kelly on its heels.

“You’ve got to get out of the blocks early,” BK coach Larry Crump said. “Burley came out shooting the lights out, and it felt like we were playing catchup all night.”

Bishop Kelly bounced back to take a one-point halftime lead, and the game remained close throughout the second half. But Burley led the entire fourth quarter and hit enough free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

“In crunch time, I thought our kids did a nice job of not panicking and finishing plays,” Bagley said.

Senior guard Braylan Bean scored 13 points — including the clinching free throws with 6 seconds left — for Burley (19-6).

Senior post Ryan Matunas had 12 points and nine rebounds for BK (17-7). Senior guard Luke Meyers chipped in eight points — including a thunderous dunk that closed the gap to one with 1:35 remaining — and five assists, but it wasn’t enough.

“Burley played better team defense than we did,” Meyers said. “We just couldn’t come through with the last play we needed tonight.”

BONNEVILLE 32, SKYVIEW 29

Senior forward Brayden Marshall’s tear-drop jumper from the baseline rattled in and out with 3 seconds left, and Skyview’s crafty upset bid fell just short.

Facing a high-powered Bonneville squad led by University of San Francisco signee Jared Stutzman, Skyview went to the old “stall ball” strategy — and it nearly worked.

Instead, the Bees — who average 62 points per game —escaped with a 32-29 win.

“When people ask me about a shot clock, I always say, ‘Sure, we never take long enough to shoot anyway,’ ” Skyview coach Aaron Sanders said. “But Bonneville is an explosive team, so we decided to throw something different at them.”

Bonneville (21-2) did not score in the first quarter and trailed 13-6 at halftime as Skyview cycled the ball for minutes at a time on every possession.

Skyview (17-7) continued the strategy in the second half, but Stutzman (nine points) and the Bees generated just enough offense to take a late lead and survive Marshall’s attempt at the game-winner.

Senior guard Austin Sharp scored 11 points for Skyview, which shot 69 percent (11-for-16) from the floor in the loss.

TWIN FALLS 60, NAMPA 42

Senior guard Alec Meyerhoeffer led three Twin Falls players in double figures with 19 points as the Bruins (20-4) cruised to a 60-42 victory over Nampa.

Senior post Casdon Jardine added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Twin Falls, which raced out to an early 15-7 lead and never let Nampa (20-5) back in the game.

Junior wings JD Schutt (16 points) and Blaine Roberts (12 points, seven rebounds) led the way for Nampa, which is making its first state appearance since 2001. The Bulldogs shot just 35 percent from the field.

CENTURY 55, MOSCOW 37

Junior guard Malek Harwell scored 21 points and added nine assists as Century pulled away for a 55-37 win over Moscow.

Century (15-10) used an 18-2 run spanning the late third quarter and early fourth to seize command. The Diamondbacks got 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks from 6-foot-10 senior post Damon Leach and an 11-point, eight-rebound effort from senior forward Shane Rominger. Senior guard Adam Geasch led Moscow (9-12) with 11 points.

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