State basketball: Twin Falls, Century in 4A final

Bruins solid at the line in overtime victory over Bonneville; Diamondbacks use huge second half to beat Burley.

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.com © 2014 Idaho StatesmanMarch 8, 2014 

For the fifth straight year, Twin Falls and Century will face off in the 4A state tournament — but Saturday will be different than all the others.

Twin Falls handed Bonneville its first loss against an Idaho team this season with a 58-50 overtime win in the first semifinal Friday at Borah High, and Century turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 60-44 rout of Burley in the other semifinal.

The Bruins and Diamondbacks will meet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.

“We’ve lost to them a couple years in a row in the first round, so it’s pretty fitting we get to see them again, but this time for the championship,” Century coach Cody Shelley said.

Said Twin Falls coach Matt Harr: “Century, those guys, we’ve seen them a few times, and it’s going to be a battle.’’

Twin Falls (21-4) knocked off Bonneville (21-3) in a game with nine lead changes and nine ties. In the four-minute overtime, Twin Falls hit its first 10 free throws and was 12-of-14 in the extra period, 25-of-29 in the game.

“I thought our kids were focused all night, and when you’re focused, those free throws will fall,” Harr said. “They had that look in their eye. After coaching so long, you can tell, and I felt good with all our guys going up there.”

Bonneville got a monster game from University of San Francisco signee Jared Stutzman, who had 28 points and 12 rebounds. Casdon Jardine had 20 points and nine rebounds for Twin Falls, and hit all seven of his free-throw attempts.

Century (16-10) shot 25 percent in the first half and were down 19-16 to Burley (19-7) at the halfway point. Then the Diamondbacks took over with a 1-2 punch from guard Malek Harwell (21 points) and forward Damon Leach (12 points, 15 rebounds). The Diamondbacks shot 60 percent in the second half and outscored the Bobcats 23-6 in the third quarter.

“The posts kind of imposed their will, and Malek started getting to the rim,” Shelley said. “We held them to only 19 at the half, but we were down three. It felt like 10. We got the offense going again, kept up the defense and had just a great third quarter. Makes a coach happy.”

Dave Southorn: 377-6420, Twitter: @IDS_southorn

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