EPHRAIM, Utah — The College of Southern Idaho men’s basketball team rallied past Utah State Univeristy Eastern 81-74 Friday at Snow College to reach the Region 18 title game.
CSI trailed 37-34 at halftime but outscored USU Eastern 47-37 in the second half, and sophomore guard Danya Kingsby was a major catalyst. He scored 16 of his team-high 22 points in the final 20 minutes, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from 3-point range. He also drained all four of his free-throw attempts in the second half.
For the game, Kinsby shot 7-of-14 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3, and he grabbed five rebounds and three steals.
Fellow CSI sophomore guard Charles Jones Jr. scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Overall, he shot 4-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3 and 4-of-5 from the line.
Jones Jr. was named the Region 18 player of the year. Teammate Khalid Thomas made the all-conference first team, Jake Hendricks made the second team and Roche Grootfaam and Tommy Burton were honorable mentions.
In Friday’s game, Burton added 13 points (4-of-8 from the field) and a game-high 16 rebounds, and Thomas had 15 points (6-of-11 on FGs, 3-of-6 on 3s).
As a team, CSI only shot 39.4 percent from the field (44.6 percent for USU Eastern), but it shot the same percentage from 3 (31 percent for USU Eastern).
CSI (27-4) will face Salt Lake Community College in the championship game Saturday night back at Snow College. SLCC went 2-1 against CSI in the regular season, but the final two games went to overtime, and the Golden Eagles won the most recent matchup.
Afu leads CSI women’s basketball past Snow
EPHRAIM, Utah — Tiena Afu’s career night helped the CSI women’s basketball team beat host Snow College and advance to the Region 18 title game.
Afu scored a game- and career-high 32 points on efficient shooting: 10-of-16 from the field, 3-of-3 from 3-point range, 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Mallory Lapoole added 14 points (6-of-11 from the field) for the Golden Eagles.
Lapoole and Afu both received Region 18 first-team honors. Filer High School graduate Meghan Hughes and Jerome grad Kaela McClure were honorable mentions.
Friday’s game was tight throughout, and it was tied 54-54 going into the fourth quarter. CSI outscored Snow 21-14 in the fourth to pull out the win.
CSI (23-8) will face Salt Lake CC for the title Saturday at 5 p.m. back at Snow. CSI beat the Bruins in their first matchup but lost the last two.
CSI baseball splits another doubleheader
ST. GEORGE, Utah — The CSI baseball team split a doubleheader with Salt Lake Community College for the second straight day to finish the four-game Scenic West Athletic Conference series.
The Golden Eagles rolled to an 8-2 win in game one, but SLCC won the second game 11-4.
In the first game, CSI scored one run in the bottom of the first inning and another in the fourth, and the lead ballooned to 8-0 after a six-run fifth.
CSI’s Colton Westfall took a shutout into the seventh inning. He struggled in the frame as was pulled with one out, but he still finished with a solid line: 6.1 innings, three hits, two earned runs, five walks and 10 strikeouts.
At the plate for the Golden Eagles, Colin Gordon went 1-for-2 with a two-run double, Travis Bohall went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a walk and Shawn Grandmont and Ryke Erickson each went 1-for-2 with two walks.
The second game also featured a six-run fifth inning, only SLCC did it this time. That barrage turned a 2-2 tie into an insurmountable lead.
All six of those runs were unearned, thanks to two CSI errors. But pitcher Trent Bixby allowed a triple, a double and a home run (in that order), and he hit a batter in the inning.
Bohall went 3-for-5 with a double, and David Hudleson finished 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
CSI (12-4, 2-2) next plays at home against Prairie Baseball Academy for a four-game series beginning Friday.
SLCC softball sweeps CSI
ST. GEORGE, Utah — The CSI softball team opened Scenic West Athletic Conference play with two close losses to Salt Lake CC.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning of game one, CSI tied it in the third. SLCC went ahead 3-1 in the fifth and 4-1 in the sixth, but the Golden Eagles scored three runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
With two outs in the eighth inning, SLCC’s Danya Hokanson hit a walkoff single to give the Bruins a 5-4 win.
CSI’s Nicole Renner went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in the game, while Melanie Groenewegen was 3-for-4 with a double.
In game two, a three-run top of the first inning for CSI was immediately answered with a three-run bottom half. The Golden Eagles scored two runs in the second, but the Bruins went ahead 6-5 in the fourth.
CSI again took the lead with a two-run sixth. But with one out in the bottom half, Ashlee Snyder hit a three-run homer to give SLCC a 9-7 lead, which was the final score.
Renner had another big game, going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, a two-run homer and two walks. Hannah Peterson (2-for-4) also hit a two-run blast for the Golden Eagles.
CSI (10-6) will complete the four-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday.