Boys High School Basketball

Rocky Mountain reaches state basketball title game for second time in program history

From left to right, Rocky Mountain’s Tyler O’Donnell, Kolby Lee and Kobe Terashima cheer from the bench during the fourth quarter against Lewiston.
From left to right, Rocky Mountain’s Tyler O’Donnell, Kolby Lee and Kobe Terashima cheer from the bench during the fourth quarter against Lewiston. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

A day after a self-described “off” shooting night, there was nothing off about the Grizzlies’ performance in the state semifinals Friday night at the Ford Idaho Center.

Rocky Mountain made 11 3-pointers and shot a combined 48.2 percent from the field to breeze past Lewiston 70-38.

Junior forward Tyler O’Donnell was 4-for-6 from 3-point range for 16 points, and BYU signee Kolby Lee posted 16 points, six rebounds and six blocks to send the Grizzlies to the state championship game for only the second time in program history.

Senior guard Jacob Erickson added three 3s for Rocky, Hunter Ranstrom had two and Brayden Hamilton and Garrett Hall each hit one trey.

“I’d rather have my teammates score more than me, as weird as that sounds,” said Rocky senior point guard Kobe Terashima, who dished out 10 assists. “That brings the most energy to me is when I pass the ball and they knock down a shot.”

It didn’t take long for the Grizzlies to get going against Lewiston. O’Donnell made the first of his four 3s just 1 minute, 10 seconds into the game, and Rocky had seven by halftime.

“Offensively we were clicking. It was nice, because I’m sure Lewiston thought yesterday, ‘Let’s just sag in and we’ll do the same thing that Bonneville did,’ ” Lee said. “That wasn’t going to work tonight. It takes so much pressure off of me knowing that I can kick out and they can knock down. They just spread the floor so much, and I can go to work.”

The Bees held Lee to nine points in the first round Thursday with a double team, but the 6-foot-10 senior asserted himself inside against the Bengals with six blocks.

“It’s wonderful, because it’s a total team effort,” Rocky Mountain coach Dane Roy said. “Like Kolby said, he trusts our shooters, and we talked about it. If they’re going to sink in on Kolb, we’re going to trust what we do on the outside, and vice versa.”

ROCKY MOUNTAIN 70, LEWISTON 38

Rocky

18

13

24

15

70

Lewiston

8

8

11

11

38

Rocky Mountain (25-1) — Kobe Terashima 6 points, Tyler O’Donnell 16, Brayden Hamilton 3, Jacob Erickson 15, Garrett Hall 8, Hunter Ranstrom 6, Kolby Lee 16. Rebound leader: Terashima 8. Assist leader: Terashima 10.

Lewiston (14-9) — Cody McKenzie 1 point, Jaret Driskill 2, Braeden Wilson 4, Keeshawn Clarke 5, Riley Way 6, Trystan Bradley 12, Donaven Santana 6, Kyle Van Boeyen 2. Rebound leader: Bradley 6. Assist leader: Wilson 3.

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