Coming from Meridian, Idaho, just outside of Boise, Owyhee is not to be overlooked. They have a standout junior in 6’5 Liam Campell and return everyone from a state champion in the largest classification. The host Eagles are on a dominating run right now and it is tough to imagine Owyee being able to slow them down.
It was senior night for the Eagles and the group that started for them came out like a house on fire, especially newly-minted McDonald’s All-American Sean Stewart. He scored the first six points of the game as Montverde jumped out to a 14-3 lead with just under three minutes to play. Owyhee took a time out and settled things down. Cambpell hit a free throw and 6’6 senior Reece Sasser-Gunson hit a three to get to within seven, 14-7. Derrick Queen, a 6’9 junior for Montverde, scored inside but that was offset by a transition basket from Owyhee’s 6’7 sophomore Jackson Rasmussen. Queen put back a miss a bit later but Owyhee hit a three and closed the first quarter with the score at 18-12 in favor of the Eagles.
After a quick score by 6’2 junior Curtis Givens of Montverde, both teams had trouble putting the ball in the basket for an extended period of time. Campbell finally got Owyhee untracked with a drive and score at the rim. Queen scored the next four points in the contest for Montverde, raising its lead to ten, 24-14. Moving forward, Owyhee got to within seven at 28-21 after a score from 6’0 sophomore Jayce Allen. Stewart erupted again for Montverde, throwing down a dunk on the break and then connecting on a drive to extend the Eagle lead to eleven. Campbell drew a foul on three point attempt near the end of the half and connected on all three freebies. At the break, Montverde led by just eight, 32-24 and the guys from the Spud State were leaving an impression.
Then the third quarter happened.
Montverde didn’t just go on a run; it was a tidal wave that simply overwhelmed Owyhee. The Eagles scored on fifteen straight possessions, while holding Owyhee to a meager six points. What was an eight point manageable deficit at the break for Owyhee turned into a 60-30 canyon that wasn’t about to be climbed out of. The start of the fourth quarter saw the score at 60-32 and Montverde used a 10-1 run to ice the game. The Eagle bench came in and contributed the rest of the way, leading to a 76-40 victory.
Stewart led Montverde with 16 points while Queen added 15 points and 6’9 senior Kwame Evans put up 12 points.
Campbell led Owyhee with 15 points.