The Bonners Ferry varsity boys basketball team beat a very good Timberlake team on Saturday, 74-65. The win puts extends the Badger’s win streak to five games.
“I was very proud of how the boys kept their composure and played unselfish basketball,” Badger Coach Nathan Williams said. “It really was a team effort on both ends of the court and I like how we are playing right now.”
Bonners Ferry led after the first quarter, 19-15 headed up by Braeden Blackmore’s nine points. The Badgers opened up the game to double digits a few times, but Timberlake fought their way back every time.
“I thought Timberlake did a great job at utilizing their guard play and isolating us a few times,” Williams said.
At halftime the Badgers was leading 42-35. Coach Williams mixed up the defense in the second half and it worked.
“I believe our defensive change in the third quarter seemed to help us and we held them to just 13 points and gained a little momentum going into the fourth,” he said.
Ridge Williams picked up the pace for the Badgers, scoring nine points in the quarter and reading the passing lanes well with some timely steals.
At the end of the third quarter, the Badgers were leading, 58-48.
In the fourth quarter it was much of the same, with great offensive runs by both teams. The Badgers kept playing solid team defense and moving the ball for good shots. Again the Badgers took a lead by 13 points in the fourth quarter, just to watch Timberlake hit two back to back deep three-pointers.
“It was a great game to be a part of and I am proud how we kept fighting to the end,” Williams said. “It is games like these that build character and get us better.”
Timberlake (0-2 IML) had some great guard play and Hunter Higgins and Zach Yetter had 17 and 19 points for the Tigers.
The Badger’s Braeden Blackmore had 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals. For the second consecutive game, Travis Petersen shot double digits adding, 10 points and three assists for the Badgers. Blake Rice had a great game as well, leading the team with six assists.
Ethan Hubbard played great team defense, collecting two steals and adding three assists for the game.
Leading all scorers was Bonners Ferry’s Ridge Williams, who chipped in 28 points, grabbed two steals and shot 10 for 13 from the floor.
“This team really is hard working and unselfish and I think we do a great job at hitting the open man,” Williams said.
The Badgers are now 2-0 in league and play their last regularly scheduled league home game verses Priest River, also 2-0 league.
“This should be a great contest, with both teams playing a similar style and having great guard play,” Williams said. “I know our players and fans will be excited for this game and we look forward to an exciting matchup.”
The Bonners Ferry vs. Priest River game at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 30, is also senior night for the Badgers.
Please note that BCSD #101 is now allowing four spectators per participant and up to 40-pertcent gym capacity on a first come, first serve basis. Facemasks/shields are mandatory unless six-foot social distancing is possible.