The Ignacio High School boys basketball team powered into the finals of the San Juan Basin District Tournament on Friday afternoon in Dove Creek. And the Bobcats qualified for the Class 2A Regional Championships in the process.
The IHS boys overpowered the Mancos boys 71-18 to advance to the boys tournament championship game at 2:30 p.m. today, also at Dove Creek High School.
"We only played the varsity about a quarter and a half," Ignacio head coach Chris Valdez said.
The Bobcats led 18-9 at the end of the first quarter and 35-14 at halftime.
From there, Ignacio held Mancos to two points in the third quarter and just two more in the fourth.
"We came out (in the second half), and they didn't have an answer for us," Valdez said as he reviewed a balanced scorebook.
Alex Herrera had 10 points, including a dunk, in one quarter of playing time.
"Taylor Dean had 13 points and one monster dunk," Valdez said. "He went up ... and over a guy for a one-handed dunk. It was nice."
Micah Odoms, Shane Brooks, Ryan Brooks and Ryan Egger scored seven points each.
All of the Bobcats scored in the victory, which improved the IHS boys team to 19-1.
The Bobcats will play Telluride for the tournament title and the rubber match in the season series.
Telluride (17-2) defeated the Dolores boys 74-48 in a late semifinal game Friday night.
The Ignacio and Telluride boys split two regular-season games this season.
Telluride handed the Bobcats their only loss of the season in Ignacio (by one point).
The Bobcats returned the favor, beating the Miners in Telluride (by one point). Both Telluride and Ignacio are ranked among the state's top 10 Class 2A teams.
By winning Friday, the Ignacio boys qualified for one of the two regional playoff berths from the San Juan Basin.
Today's winner will host a four-team regional at Durango High School next weekend.
Today's runner-up will head to Adams State College and a Class 2A regional in Alamosa.
"We saved a little energy, hopefully," Valdez said. "We're really excited, and we hope to play a good game (today)."
Ignacio girls oustedThe San Juan Basin District Tournament ended in the semifinals for the Ignacio girls.
The Bobcats lost 42-34 to Dolores on Friday afternoon at Dove Creek. The Bobcats entered as the No. 3 seed. The Dolores girls were the No. 2 seed.
Dolores will play either Mancos or Telluride for the girls tournament championship at 1 p.m. today at Dove Creek High School.
The Mancos and Telluride girls played late Friday night.
The Ignacio girls finished the season 4-13 under first-year coach Brice Searles.
The Dolores girls will advance to the regional next week along with either the Mancos or Telluride girls.