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Post Falls Survives Vikings in First Annual Ridley's Christmas Tournament
The Trojans made the most of their first appearance on the hardwood, taking first in the holiday showcase
Published: 12/21/2020 10:49:55 AM
Logan Green
Director of Sales/Broadcaster


Eight teams from across the state converged in Middleton to battle it out in the first annual Ridley’s Christmas Tournament, competing in a field that featured five top-five teams from both the 4A and 5A classification.  

Post Falls and the host Middleton maneuvered their way to the championship game Saturday afternoon.  Post Falls defeated Pocatello and Madison on their route to the final, while Middleton knocked off Minico and Lake City.  The Middleton and Lake City game was an instant classic, the Vikings snuck away with a 65-64 victory after a missed free throw with 11 seconds to go by Lake City.  The Timberwolves were never able to get a clean shot off and as time ticked away.  

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For Post Falls, the tournament would mark the first time the Trojans played a game this season.  They were able to squeak out a three-point victory over Pocatello in the first round, then defeated Madison handily on day two.

The championship game lived up to the hype, as top-ranked 5A Post Falls came away with the 54-51 victory over the second-ranked 4A Vikings in a tight matchup.  Post Falls would lead most of the way, including by 10 at the half, but Middleton used a strong third quarter for the second day in a row to tie it at 35 going into the fourth.  


From there, Post Falls pulled away for the win.  Middleton had chances late.  Both Tyler Medaris and Casey Wright had strong layup chances with less than a minute to play to take the lead but were not able to convert.  Cole Rutherford and Alex Horning went nine-for-nine from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the win for Post Falls.

Outside of the two finalists, strong performances were put on by many other teams.  The Madison Bobcats took home third place by beating Lake City resoundingly 65-40 on Saturday.  Lake City was playing their fourth game in four days and was battling tired legs.  The Timberwolves played Moscow, a 4A finalist from a year ago, on their way south Wednesday evening.  

Taden King led the way for the Bobcats, averaging 24.6 points per game.  King would knock down three consecutive three-point shots to start the fourth quarter in that third-place game to help Madison pull away.  Lake City would be led by Kolton Mitchell who averaged 17.3 points per game.

Pocatello looked deserving of their top-five ranking, their only loss coming to the champion Trojans by three.  The Indians would go on to beat Vallivue and Minico handily.  Ryan Payne led the way for Pocatello, averaging 15.6 points.  Clutch three-pointers were the specialty for Payne as he knocked down two in all three fourth quarters, and 11 overall.

Century also looked strong as they bounced back after an opening round loss to Lake City to also defeat Vallivue and Minico in their next two games.  The bracket was adjusted on Friday to avoid a Pocatello and Century matchup, as the two will play twice during the regular season.  Emmett Holt was the bright spot for the Diamondbacks, scoring 13.3 per game and going a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, including three late in the four-point win over Minico.
Post Falls’ Alex Horning earned the All-Tournament MVP.  Horning averaged 14 points per game and was a constant force for the Trojans.  He was tasked with guarding Tyler Medaris in the championship game, keeping him in check just enough to get the win. All-Tournament Team:
Tyler Medaris – Middleton – 19.3 points per game
Taden King – Madison – 24.6 points per game
Ryan Payne – Pocatello – 12.3 points per game
Emmett Holt – Century – 13.3 points per game
Kolton Mitchell – Lake City – 17.3 points per game


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