The Mountain View Mavericks (10-11) head into a crucial home conference matchup against the Middleton Vikings (12-8) on Saturday, February 10th, looking to snap a two-game losing streak and climb back into playoff contention.
What it is: Varsity Boys Basketball
Matchup: Mountain View Mavericks vs Middleton Vikings
Game Type: Home conference game
Time: Saturday, Feb 10, 2024, 6:00 PM (Local Time)
Locations: Middleton High School – ID
Home Team: Middleton Vikings 12-8
Away Team: Mountain View Mavericks 10-11
Live Stream: Watch here
While the Vikings boast a slightly better record, the Mavericks hold a 2-1 edge in their last three meetings, with the most recent victory coming in a thrilling overtime battle. However, Middleton is riding a four-game winning streak and will be looking to solidify their hold on a home playoff advantage.
The Vikings are firing on all cylinders, averaging over 75 points per game during their winning streak. Senior guard Brandon Williams has been on a tear, averaging 25 points and 5 assists in his last three outings. Additionally, the Vikings boast a strong inside presence with center Michael Jones, who averages a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Despite their recent struggles, the Mavericks have proven tough to beat at home, holding a 7-3 record this season. They will rely on their balanced scoring attack, with three players averaging double-digit points led by senior forward Jason Miller’s 15 points per game. Additionally, the Mavericks will need to tighten up their defense, which has been leaky in recent games.
Brandon Williams vs. Mavericks’ Backcourt: The Mavericks will need to find a way to contain Williams, who is currently the hottest player in the conference. Expect a physical battle between Williams and the likes of Miller and senior guard David Lee.
Michael Jones vs. Mavericks’ Big Men: The Mavericks will need to find a way to neutralize Jones’ size and presence inside. Look for a battle between Jones and sophomore center Daniel Smith, who will be tasked with protecting the rim.
This game promises to be a close and exciting battle. While the Vikings are riding momentum and have a slight edge in talent, the Mavericks will be motivated by the home crowd and their desire to get back on track. Ultimately, the outcome could hinge on which team can execute their game plan and make key plays down the stretch.