On Friday night, February 28, the Knights varsity basketball team played against defending District Champions and arch rivals, the Skyview Hawks. The game was played at Skyview High in Nampa, Idaho.
Head coach, Larry Crump, had his players ready by stating, “it’s just a blue-collar week and we are going to do what we do well” It sure paid off in the 59- 36 dominating performance on Friday night.
The Skyview Hawks are defending District 3 Champions and they have beaten the Knights 2 out of the 3 times they have played. They are continually strong in every sport and the Knights tend to play them in each decisive matchup.
“I am very excited for this game, a little sad because it is the last one, but very excited to end my district career against Skyview,” Spencer King, senior post, stated. King as been a huge asset to have for the Knights in the paint. King went on to say, “I love my team, I love the guys, it has been a great season, and we are just trying to go as long as we can”.
Mike Martinez, sophomore guard, wanted to “win for the seniors” and “have the momentum into the first round of state”. Martinez was exited because it was the biggest game he has played so far in his career as a Knight.
Crump indeed had his players ready to defend “the half court trap” which the Knights offense handled with quick efficiency. The Knights also “limited the turnovers, executed our offense, and kept the ball in front of us” Crump had to say about the game.
Tyler Allumbaugh, junior guard, “It was a relief to finally beat our rivals in their place for a district championship. It was also great to win because of the momentum we now have heading into State”.
King was pumped about the dominating performance. King went on to express his feelings towards the game, “It was a big team win. All the way around each player did his part”.
Sawyer Smith, senior and fanatic supporter of the Knights basketball team, was in attendance for the district championship game. She was excited and expressed it through, “I thought the game was intense and well played. Our boys did great!”
Allumbaugh also stated, “It is exciting to see everything come together and our team perform the way they did”.
“It was great to see all the students here tonight. We are going to need the same support next Thursday at Borah [High School] to help us beat Burley!” Crump stated.
The Knights play Burley at 8:00 next Thursday night at Borah High in the first round of State. Let’s help our Knights march on to victory.