The Bonners Ferry boys’ varsity basketball team beat Weiser on Saturday in Grangeville to win the state play-in game and advance to the 3A state championship tournament on March 4-6 at Columbia High School in Nampa.
This is the first time the boys’ basketball team has qualified for the state tournament in 13 years and first year head coach Nathan Williams is excited, but not surprised.
“At the beginning of the year we did goal setting and discussed our team’s strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “The coaching staff looked at our personnel and tried to make a game plan on how to hide some of our areas where we need to grow and highlight our strengths. My goal was to try and remain positive and focus on what we do have verses what we don’t have. However, what has been the difference is the boy’s hard work and intensity in practice and their unwillingness to give up when they are challenged. We have had so many close games this year in league and I believe that helped us beat Weiser, but also has accounted for a lot of my grey hair.”
The boys have continuously improved on the defensive end of the court all year and it is paying off for them.
“I’m really happy with their effort and determination and so proud of this group of young men,” Williams said. “On the road against Kellogg on February 22, the Badgers took six charges that changed the game. Anyone who knows me understands how much I coach and emphasize taking a charge. It is a game changer and I am so happy with the team buying into the importance of defense.”
Bonners Ferry plays #3 Teton in the first round of the 3A state playoffs on Thursday, March 4. The game can be viewed on NFHS Network if you have an account. If you plan to attend the game in Nampa please note that you have to purchase your tickets online and that Bonners Ferry only gets 150 spectators.
Please contact the school for the link to purchase tickets online.