Twin Falls vs. Bonneville

RYAN HOWE TIMES-NEWS | Twin Falls’ Alec Meyerhoeffer celebrates the Bruins’ 58-50 overtime win over Bonneville in the boys 4A state semifinals Friday at Borah High School in Boise.

BOISE – A green trophy won’t be going back to Twin Falls this year.

The Bruins boys basketball team will play for the blue championship hardware instead, after it knocked off No. 1-ranked Bonneville 58-50 in overtime at the 4A state tournament Friday at Borah High School.

Twin Falls (21-4) will play Century (16-10) for the title at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

“It’s indescribable,” said senior Kade Meyerhoeffer. “… This is our year.”

The Bruins had played in the state tournament’s third-place game four of the last five years – meaning they’d lost four times in the semifinals. Twin’s last state title came in 2010.

The Bruins handed Bonneville (21-3) its first loss to an Idaho team this season.

“Bonneville’s hype was huge, we knew they were going to be a tough team,” Kade Meyerhoeffer said. “But didn’t think they’d been tested like our defense yet. We get after it. Toward the end of the game we kept saying get a turnover, don’t worry about our points.”

The Bees’ star senior Jared Stutzman, signed to play at the University of San Francisco, had 28 points and 12 rebounds, but missed a contested shot at the end of regulation.

“Coach said he’s going to get his 20 points, but don’t let him get 30 and have an amazing game. He said make him work for every shot,” said Kade Meyerhoeffer, whose defensive assignment was to guard Stutzman.

“Kade worked his butt off the whole game, he just slowed (Stutzman) down,” said senior Casdon Jardine. “And when it came down to it we were able to make shots.”

Twin especially made shots from the free throw line, hitting 10 in a row in overtime to clinch the victory.

“That’s been a huge focus for us,” Jardine said. “Early in the year we struggled really bad at the line, so we just pushed it out of our heads and just playing basketball, that’s all it is.”

The game went back-and-forth like a tennis match until advantage fell to Twin Falls with two minutes left. Connor Meyerhoeffer scored a layup assisted by Kade Meyerhoeffer, and then the Bruins forced a turnover on the other end, followed by a pair of free throws by Kade that gave Twin a four-point lead.

Following his 17-point, 11-rebound performance in the quarterfinals, Jardine had 20 points and nine boards Friday.

“For me it’s all been about preparation; I’ve been focusing on this from day one,” said Jardine.

Twin Falls 58, Bonneville 50, OT

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Bonneville 7 14 10 11 8 –50

Twin Falls 10 11 7 14 16 –58

BONNEVILLE (50)

Hostert 1-1 0-2 2, Lords 0-0 2-2 2, Simmons 1-6 0-0 3, Stutzman 9-18 7-8 28, Davenport 4-12 3-4 11, Smith 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 17-40 12-16 50.

TWIN FALLS (58)

K. Meyerhoeffer 4-9 4-4 14, C. Meyerhoeffer 3-7 2-2 9, A. Meyerhoeffer 1-10 7-8 10, Stutzman 0-1 3-4 3, Jardine 6-14 7-7 20, Schenk 0-0 1-2 1, Manring 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 14-44 25-29 58.

3-point goals: Bonneville 4-20 (Simmons 1-5, Stutzman 3-12, Davenport 0-3), Twin Falls 5-21 (K. Meyerhoeffer 2-5, C. Meyerhoeffer 1-3, A. Meyerhoeffer 1-6, Stutzman 0-1, Jardine 1-6). Rebounds: Bonneville 27 (Stutzman 12), Twin Falls 29 (Jardine 9). Assists: Bonneville 8 (Hostert, Simmons, Stutzman 2), Twin Falls 7 (Schenk 2). Turnovers: Bonneville 14, Twin Falls 7. Total fouls: Bonneville 23, Twin Falls 18.

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