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  • Writer's pictureJory Durrant

Snow Basketball Makes It To Conference Championship

Snow College Men's Basketball played in the Region 18 Tournament. The Badgers were matched up against No.1 College of Southern Idaho on Mar 3rd. The Badgers won, in a major upset over CSI, with a final score of 84-75. The win took away the Eagle’s undefeated season.

Both teams started off hot, in the first few minutes of the game. The Badgers started to pull away, taking a nine-point lead in the first five minutes of the game.

The Eagles brought the game back with a 10-point run over the Badgers. Snow College responded to CSI with a 15-0 run. Collin Christensen provided several clutch shots from the three-point range, scoring 10 of the 15 points during the Badger run. This put the Badgers up by a margin of 30-16. From that point, the Badgers did not look back, and continued to add on to their lead.

Christensen stayed hot, coming off the bench with a make from behind the arc with just under two minutes left in the first half. The Badgers had a 17-point lead heading into halftime, with the halftime score being 48-31.

Snow College shot a searing 53.3% from behind the arc and made 18-32 shots, Christensen made 4-5 shots from behind the arc. Christensen ended the half with 16 points for Snow.

After the half, both teams again exchanged shots. However, the Badgers held the lead. The Eagles continued to fight, bringing the game within one-point with just under six minutes left to play.

At that point, both teams went basket for basket. However, it was not enough for CSI to stop the Badgers. Chase Potter came up clutch for the Badgers with two shots from behind the arc with just under two minutes left to play in the game.

The scoring leader for the Badgers was Christensen with 16. The game's leading scorer was CSI's Isaiah Moses with 25. The Badgers finished the game by shooting a hot 48.4% from behind the arc.

Ultimately, the Eagles were not able to fly undefeated, with the Badger's final two free throw shots by Hayden Franson.

With their first loss of the season, CSI's overall record dropped to 29-1. Leading them to ultimately fall out of the Region 18 Tournament.

The Badgers went on to play in the Championship game against No.9 Salt Lake Community College on Mar. 3. However, the Badgers were not able to pull off the upset win and lost to the Bruins 76-71.

The Bruins started the game off hot, with an 8-0 run over the Badgers. Snow struggled to score in the first 10 minutes of the first half, putting the Bruins up 22-9 with just under 10 minutes left to play. The Badgers woke up, and began to go small runs to bring the game back within reach.

The first half ended with the Badgers down 44-32. As the second half started, the scoring went back and forth. The Badgers cut down the lead with a 14-3 run. This put Snow right back into the game with the lead cut to 51-48 with under 15 minutes left to play.

In what looked like a similar comeback to the last game Snow played against SLCC, the Badgers were then able to take the lead with under seven minutes left. Snow held the lead for several minutes, but the Bruins owned the last two minutes. The Bruins were in the lead again with two minutes of play, and did not give it up. The Badgers ended up losing the Region 18 Tournament Championship.

The scoring leader for the Badgers was Chase Potter with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Salt Lake Community College's scoring leader was Dwayne Koroma with 17 points and 3 rebounds.

Snow College Men's Basketball’s overall record went to 20-12, while SLCC’s record went to 28-4. Snow College plays in the District Playoffs on Mar.11th.

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