TWIN FALLS — Senior Matthew Brumley did a little bit of everything for Minico Friday night in the Spartans’ 64-51 road win over Twin Falls.
Brumley finished the game with 21 points on 12 field goal attempts and seven rebounds, but the breadth of his influence could not be confined to a box score. When Minico needed an easy basket, he posted up on the block and went to work on Twin Falls’ young frontcourt. He scored on drives. He made a three-pointer in the first half.
He received the ball in the middle of the court and beat Twin Falls’ press off the dribble. He made timely skip passes to find open Spartan shooters. And like most team leaders, he deflects credit to his teammates and his coach’s offensive system.
“Most of my points come through the offense. Once the floor starts to open and I see things open up, my teammates find me. When we run the offense, everything opens up for us,” said Brumley.
“He was first-team all-state last year, but to see him expand his game even more this year has been great. He’s handling the ball more, and being a four-year varsity guy, he can be a coach on the floor now,” added Minico head coach Ty Shippen. “I love Matthew to death, and I’m sure glad he’s a Spartan.”
Minico trailed 17-13 after one quarter, and trailed for much of the first half, but the Spartans quite literally stole the lead from the Bruins right before the half—Skyler Miles turned a Twin Falls turnover into two points on the other end, then Tyson Durrant intercepted the ensuing inbounds pass and nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to turn a one-point deficit into a four-point lead.
“We felt a little rusty in the first half after a 16-day layoff. It was back-and-forth in that first half, but then Skyler and Tyson both made great plays to give us the lead. That was huge for momentum,” said Shippen.
The Spartans turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, and the old, familiar turnover bug bit Twin Falls again. Minico turned several Bruins’ turnovers into easy points in the third quarter, and held a 50-33 heading into the fourth.
“Any time we’re having a tough game offensively, if we’ll just get out and defend, it creates energy and opportunities to score. That’s exactly what happened for us in the second half,” said Shippen.
Twin Falls did a nice job of limiting its turnovers for most of the first two quarters but after back-to-back turnovers to end the half, Minico went on a 25-7 run that lasted through the end of the third quarter.
“Unfortunately, that’s been our personality as a team. When we get pressured and things don’t go well, they go bad really fast. This is exactly what happens when we lose,” said Twin Falls head coach Matt Harr. “I still think we’re an extremely talented team. But we came out timid and soft in the third quarter. We were up 17-11 in the first quarter, but we quit pushing the ball and quit being aggressive. It’s not a matter of X’s and O’s. It’s a matter of heart.”
Twin Falls (4-4, 0-1) next travels to Burley on Tuesday, while Minico (6-4, 2-0) hosts Wood River on Tuesday.
Minico 64, Twin Falls 51
Minico 13 17 20 14 —64
Twin Falls 17 9 7 18 —51
Brumley 21, Durrant 13, Chandler 7, Miles 6, Etherington 5, Vega 4, Matsen 4, Hardy 4 Totals: 28 13-16 64
TWIN FALLS (51)
Crist 11, P. Meyerhoeffer 8, Richardson 8, Brizee 8, Wilkinson 5, Haszier 5, Eller 4, Ball 2 Totals: 19 7-9 51
3-point goals: Minico 5 (Durrant 2, Brumley, Chandler, Etherington) Twin Falls 6 (Crist 3, P. Meyerhoeffer, Haszier, Wilkinson) Team Fouls: Minico 11, Twin Falls 16 Fouled Out: None