This is part 4 of 4 state tournament previews
Post Falls vs. Borah
8:00 PM at the Idaho Center
This is probably the best match up of any first round game in the tournament. Both Post Falls (19-4) and Borah (18-5) won their conference’s regular season but were upset in their respective district tournaments, finishing as the #2 seeds. What was two weeks ago predicted to potentially be the 5A state tournament championship game will now be the finale to the opening round action.
Borah use’s an eight man rotation and is led by 6-5 junior Ben Tucakovic. Tucakovic finished in the top 5 of the SIC scoring and rebounding leaderboards (click here to see all the SIC stats). They also get outside scoring from senior Jeremy Jones along with penetration by freshman Isaiah Wright. Senior Austin Scott is their glue guy that knows his role and ties everything together.
For Post Falls, they have a strong 1-2 punch in junior Marcus Colbert and senior Conner Hill. Hill is a 6-4 guard/forward that has shown that he can not only light up the scoreboard but, when called upon like he was in the District I/II loser out game, can be a lock down defender. He is rumored to already have offers from Idaho, Long Beach State and Colorado State as well as a preferred walk-on offer from Washington State.
Colbert is a 5-10 point guard that is known for his tenacity on defense but can also be a big time scorer off of penetration. This past season he was forced to sit out of football due to a back injury but he hasn’t been slowed down on the court and is getting attention from some Big Sky schools like Montana.
Post Falls enters the tournament as the defending title holders. Borah has known its share of titles over the years as well. The last time these teams met was in the 2009 state tournament first round, a four point nail biter that came down to free throws. Post Falls would win 63-59.
Post Falls head coach Mike McLean always has his guys fired up when they come to the south, almost getting them to play with a chip on their shoulder. Borah’s head man Cary Cada is a crafty veteran who also knows how to prepare his teams. I would expect a hard fought game, lots of in-game adjustments and nothing but a down to the wire finish.
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