TWIN FALLS – The Burley High School boys basketball team extended its win streak to four games as it beat Canyon Ridge 88-73 on the road in the Bobcats’ first conference matchup Wednesday night.
The Bobcats got off to a hot start in the first quarter, scoring 28 points. Jace Whiting led that effort with nine first-quarter points en route to a game-high 23 points on the night.
“The basket just felt like an ocean,” he said. “It was just one of those nights.”
Burley didn’t shy away from the 3-pointer early, sinking eight of its 11 total in the first half. But the big posts, including Andrew Ferrin, listed at 6-foot-10, made the paint an option while also helping prevent points in the paint. Ferrin blocked three shots and snagged 11 rebounds in the game.
Trent Whiting, head coach at Burley, said that these two very different looks on offense are all part of the plan.
“We’ve got to stay balanced,” he said. “Any time you have balance, it helps everything, both offensively and defensively.”
Canyon Ridge hung around before half, cutting Burley’s lead to within 10 points. But the early deficit was too deep to overcome, and Riverhawks head coach Darren Van Hofwegen said it’s a problem his crew has faced with the Bobcats before.
“It’s been back-to-back years they’ve jumped on us early,” he said. “We’ve got to do something a little different.”
The 73 points, including a team-leading performance by Derek Clark with 20 points, were the most in a game this season for the Riverhawks, who are in the midst of a four-game losing streak.
“We matched them as far as our shooting,” Van Hofwegen said. “We have guys that can score in double figures, and four or five of them prove it consistently like tonight. Our transition defense is what sunk us.”
Burley capitalized on that problem with full-court passes, often to Ferrin and Jackson Hill, who used their size to show off with a few dunks, including a behind-the-back dunk by Hill.
The Bobcats moved to 4-2 overall with the win after starting the season with losses to still-undefeated Preston and Century, the No. 1 and No. 5 teams in 4A, respectively.
“I think we’re making good progress,” Trent Whiting said. “Still some things to work on and places to step up.”
In his first year as head coach, Trent is coaching his son Jace, a sophomore who plays with the poise of a senior, running the offense often when he’s on the floor. Trent said it’s a “love-hate relationship” that’s fun but difficult.
“I had hoped to avoid that this year, but no such luck,” he said.
Jace appreciates his father’s lessons on the court, though.
“He’s tough on me, but it makes me a lot better,” he said.
Burley 88, Canyon Ridge 73
Burley 28 26 11 23 — 88
Canyon Ridge 14 24 11 24 — 73
BURLEY (88) — Brock Whitaker 9, Andrew Ferrin 16, Ethan Gibbons 10, Ryan Bagley 15, Riley Loveland 2, Jace Whiting 23, Cade Seely 2, Jackson Hill 11.
CANYON RIDGE (73) — Hudson Pierce 10, Avery Rambur 5, Logan Ahlquist 13, Derek Clark 20, Izak Cuellar 15, Trajan Holtzen 3, Louie Cresto 7.