Maybe Anthem Boulder Creek just forgot how to lose. Horizon made several late game pushes, but Boulder Creek's hot outside shooting thwarted each one of them and the Jaguars held on for a 75-71 win in a 5A-II boys basketball state semifinal game on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Maybe Anthem Boulder Creek just forgot how to lose.
Horizon made several late game pushes, but Boulder Creek's hot outside shooting thwarted each one of them and the Jaguars held on for a 75-71 win in a 5A-II boys basketball state semifinal game on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Arena.
Boulder Creek will play Chaparral in the state title game on Wednesday and enters with a 19-game winning streak. It hasn't lost since Dec 19.
"That's a nice team," Horizon coach Paul Long said.
Boulder Creek hit eight 3-pointers in the first 2 1/2 quarters, the last of which by Ryan Zettle gave Boulder Creek a 13-point lead midway through the third.
But Horizon's Collin Woods led a charge as he hit three straight 3-pointers to cut the deficit to two with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Three times in the fourth quarter Horizon cut the deficit to one, and the Huskies were down by three points with under two minutes to go.
However, the Jaguars had answers for every comeback, and Horizon would never regain the lead.
After a series of missed shots late, Horizon had to foul, and Boulder Creek sealed the win at the free-throw line.
Two times Boulder Creek missed the front end of one-and-ones but snagged the offensive rebound on both occasions.
"They made the free throws at the end, and when they finally missed, we didn't get the rebounds," Long said.
Woods was called for three offensive fouls in the first half, causing him to sit out six minutes.
He made up for lost time with 11 points in the third quarter but did not score on four shots in the fourth. Woods finished with 17 points.
Kyle Tresnak, Horizon's other star, had six blocks in the contest but could muster only 10 points.
Boulder Creek forced several turnovers on attempted passes to Tresnak in the post.
"They did a great job of denying him down low," Long said.
On the other end, Boulder Creek spaced the floor with five players that could shoot from the perimeter. Horizon had trouble guarding all of them as the Jaguars hit 11 3-pointers in the contest.
Horizon had 12 3-pointers of its own, but it wasn't enough. Woods had a chance to tie the game on a 3-pointer with around two minutes to play and his team trailing 69-66, but his shot missed to the right.
Boulder Creek and Chaparral have not met this season.