Weiser starts district play with dominate win against Payette

Weiser started SRV District Tournament play with a decisive win over Payette. They held Payette scoreless in the second quarter, and only allowed them to score two in the final quarter to win 57-21. Diego Delgadillo (14) makes a bucket late in the game on Tuesday in the win over Payette. Also shown is Carter Jensen (24), Karsten Walker (20), Finn Dolton (22), and Isai Herrera (40). Photo by Michelle Estes
Michelle Estes
The Snake River Valley Conference District Tournament began on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Weiser, who was in third place, hosted the sixth place team, Payette Pirates, for the first round. Weiser had won the previous two games against the Pirates with scores of 62-22 and 55-33. In this match, Weiser dominated with a 57-21 win. 
 In the game’s opening moments, Jack Shirts scored the first points with a baseline drive and a high bank shot. Payette took the lead with a 3-pointer about a minute later, but this was their only lead throughout the game. 
 Midway into the first quarter, Shirts passed the ball to Kolin Cook for a 3-pointer in the corner. Josh Mizar also made two free throws for Weiser. Payette then tried to transition quickly to offense but failed as Mizar blocked a shot and sent the ball hard against the back wall. 
 With two minutes left in the half, Carter Jensen drove to the block and made a pass to Shirts for a lay-in on the opposite block. Soon after, Mizar had a great offensive rebound, and Jensen took advantage of an opening and cut down the center of the key for a lay-in. 
 Weiser continued its strong defensive pressure and converted it into offense. Diego Delgadillo stole the ball which the team converted to points when Cook scored a 3-pointer in the corner. Payette finished the first quarter with a 3-pointer. 
 At the end of the first, the score was Weiser 19, Payette 8.
 The Wolverines had a strong start in the second quarter, quickly adding seven points to increase their lead to 18 points. Multiple players contributed to this effort. It began with Finn Dolton assisting Mizar in scoring a basket. Dolton then scored two more points with a rebound putback. Jensen made a nice shot from the elbow, and Mizar added one point from two free throw attempts. 
 The Pirates struggled against the Wolverine’s press and defense, failing to score a single point in the second quarter. By halftime, Weiser had taken a commanding 24-point lead with the score at 32-8.
 Weiser continued to dominate the game, scoring six more points before Payette made their first points with a 3-pointer almost two minutes into the second half. Working as a team, Karsten Walker got a tough rebound and passed it to Isai Herrera, who found Cook open for a basket. With just over three minutes to go, Weiser was up 46-13. 
 The Wolverines were up by 29 points, 48-19 after three quarters. 
 During the first three and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, both teams struggled to make shots. However, Weiser struck first with a 3-pointer from Delgadillo, which triggered a running clock with 4:30 left in the game.
 Walker was working hard to grab rebounds under the basket. Two minutes later, he managed to put one back for a score. On the next possession, Delgadillo made a basket after a baseline inbounds play. Towards the end of the game, Walker once again got hold of the ball and put it back in for another 2 points for Weiser.
 The Wolverines held the Pirates to just 2 points in the fourth quarter, putting an explanation on the first round of the tournament and winning 57 to 21. 
 Mizar was the high scorer for Weiser with 20 points. Cook had 10, Shirts 9, Delgadillo and Dolton both added 5, and Jensen and Walker each had 4 points.
 Scores at the end of quarters:
Weiser Payette
1st: 19 8
2nd: 32 8    
3rd: 48 19
4th: 57 21


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