TWIN FALLS — It was a game of runs, and then some.
The Twin Falls High School boys basketball team jumped out to a big lead early, squandered it, then dominated the third quarter Friday night against rival Canyon Ridge. In the end, the Bruins prevailed 48-37.
“We didn’t play our best in the first half, a couple of us got in foul trouble, but we bounced back in the second half,” Twin Falls junior Faust Ystueta said. “Coach stressed that a good team will find a way to win no matter what, and we did that.”
Junior post Mitchell Brizee, who is listed at 6-foot-8, scored all eight of his points in the first half, and he was Twin Falls’ go-to scorer during the first few minutes. He slammed home a transition dunk during the run that jolted the home crowd.
After that early run, the Bruins scored 12 points the rest of the half. The Riverhawks finished the quarter down 14-9 and used a 13-2 run to cut the deficit to 14-13 early in the second quarter. They entered the second half tied at 24-24.
“After that 12-0 run to start the game, we were on our heels until halftime,” Bruins head coach Matt Harr said. “They just kept going to the hole. We knew that was their game.”
If Canyon Ridge carried momentum into the locker room, it didn’t return to the court in the third quarter.
Twin Falls outscored the Riverhawks 15-0 in the period to build a nearly insurmountable lead. Canyon Ridge shot 0-of-9 from the field, 0-of-3 from 3-point range and 0-of-2 from the free-throw line in the quarter. The Bruins, meanwhile, shot 7-of-9 from the field.
“I think us actually running our offense, making them work on defense, slowed them down a little,” Harr said. “Our guys did a real good job adjusting in the second half, especially that third quarter.”
Canyon Ridge finished the game 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) from the field and 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from the free-throw line, while Twin Falls was 20-of-40 (50 percent) and 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) in both categories.
Twin Falls senior post Ryan Ball led his team with 10 points (4-of-6 from the field), while junior guards Ystueta (3-of-5) and Lucas Young (3-of-3) each scored nine. Canyon Ridge senior wing Logan Ahlquist led all scorers with 11 points (4-of-10 from the field, 3-of-6 from 3).
Canyon Ridge (4-7, 0-2 in Great Basin Conference play) hosts another conference team, Wood River, on Tuesday.
The Bruins (5-6) have won four of their last five games, and they’re now 2-0 in conference. They play at Minico on Tuesday.
“We were not a very good team a month ago,” Harr said. “We’ve really come on.”
CANYON RIDGE (37) — Jaymund Dyer 2, Logan Ahlquist 11, Hudson Pierce 7, Derek Clark 6, Brendyn Milligan 5, Luke Teske 2, Avery Rambur 3, Louie Cresto 1.
TWIN FALLS (48) — Winston Duggan 4, Lucas Young 9, Faust Ystueta 9, Gage Plew 4, Ryan Ball 10, Hudson Klundt 4, Mitchell Brizee 8.