MERIDIAN – The Snake River Panthers got 16 points from senior Shane Parkinson and a double-double by Jacoby Johnson with 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Panthers advanced to the 3A state semi finals with a heart stopping 48-43 overtime victory over the Filer Wildcats.
“We kind of pulled one out of the fire tonight,” Snake River head coach Robert Coombs said. “I thought that Filer out hustled us in the first half and we didn’t take very good care of the ball. We’re glad for the win and now we will move on.”
The game was a defensive affair as both teams looked like mirror images of one another with tough defenses that extended well into the passing lanes. The end result was a game that witnessed 32 turnovers combined between the two teams, including 16 steals on the defensive end.
Filer was getting the best of the early action as they hit not one, but two buzzer beaters as Austin Tews drilled a deep trey at the end of each of the first two quarters of play, leading to a 21-15 halftime advantage.
“Those were a couple of big shots for them,” Coach Coombs said. “We made a little adjustment and played a little more zone to compensate for their speed.”
In the second half, Snake River locked the perimeter game down as they didn’t allow a single three point bucket for the remainder of the game.
Meanwhile, Snake River went to work on the offensive end, chipping away at the modest lead, eventually regaining the lead at 25-24 on a spinning lay up by Wyatt Wray with 1:15 remaining in the third quarter.
From there, the team traded the lead on seven different occasions leading up to the nail biting finish at the end of regulation.
Filer had regained and then pushed their lead out to 34-27 midway through the fourth quarter.
Parkinson was having none of that nonsense however as he coolly drilled a pair of treys which spurred a 10-2 Panther run for a 37-36 lead.
“Filer had a tough defense, they were really quick with their feet,” Parkinson said. “I just wanted the ball. There was no way that I wanted to lose in the first game at state in my senior year.”
A Filer basket and then a free throw by Andres Garza put the scoreboard at 38-38 with just under a minute to play.
With possession of the ball, Snake River played for the last shot but a foul by Filer put Wray at the free throw line. The charity toss just rolled out and Filer then had a chance to win it in regulation but a traveling call with :03 remaining gave the ball back to the Panthers. Parkinson, nearly ended the game on a last second heave that banked off the backboard just a tad too hard as the game went into overtime.
In the overtime, Snake River took the lead for good when Johnson grabbed one of his ten rebounds and powered his way back inside for a 42-40 lead.
A key steal by Cole Rushton with :38 remaining all but sealed the deal as the Panthers knocked down enough free throws down the stretch to advance into tonight’s semi final round.
The Panthers will play the winner of the Weiser/Kellogg game tonight at 8 p.m. at Meridian High School.
SNAKE RIVER 6 9 10 13 10 – 48
FILER 8 13 5 12 5 – 43
Snake River (48) – Andres Garza 5, Jacoby Johnson 10, Cole Rushton 7, Brad Coombs 3, Shane Parkinson 16, Wyatt Wray 7. FG: 15/42. FT: 14/25. 3-pointers: 4/12 (Rushton, Parkinson 3). Rebounds: 39 (Johnson 10). Fouls:13. Fouled out:(none).
Filer (43) – Logan Beard 3, Austin Beard 2, Ryan Karel 12, Austin Tews 9, Isaac Kreft 2, Marc Ramseyer 11, Andrew Peterson 2, Jed Olyer 2. FG: 17/54. FT: 4/6. 3-pointers: 5/19 (Logan Beard, Ramseyer, Tews 3). Rebounds: 35 (Ramseyer 5, Olyer 5) Fouls: 22. Fouled out: (L. Beard).