Bees run past Broncos 73-51
BLACKFOOT — When the Blackfoot and Bonneville basketball teams met in Iona on Dec. 18, the Broncos let a lead slip away in the final two minutes before falling by seven.
Friday night the top ranked team in the 4A ranks made the trip south to Blackfoot for the seasons second and final meeting.
The Broncos who came into the game on a six-game losing also needed to find a way to stop the Bees Jared Stutzman and Telly Davenport.
After one quarter the Bees duo established the control of the game scoring 23 of the Bees 25 first quarter points on the way to a 73-51 victory.
"When we walked into the locker room at halftime Stutzman and Davenport had 25 of the teams 34 points," Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale said. "With a duo like that they are tough to stop. They are 6'4 and 6'6 across the board and they are so good at creating their own shots, they are a tough match-up for us."
The game was close for the opening minutes of the first quarter, but a 16-1 run over the final three minutes of the first quarter blew the game wide open and allowed the Bees to take control of the game.
Stutzman had a string of seven consecutive points in the opening quarter including a steal and a slam dunk to early in the quarter.
After a slow start to the game, Blackfoot picked up the defensive intensity in the second quarter holding the Bees to just nine points, unfortunately the Broncos managed just nine points themselves.
"We just did not make shots tonight," Hale said. "We had a lot of good looks, but we just did not get the shots to fall. And we you don't make shots it takes all of your energy to climb back into the game."
Coming out for the third quarter the Broncos came out aggressive and got the ball into the hands of Kaden Loveland.
The senior guars scored nine of the 14 points in the third quarter including four in a 7-0 run as the Broncos cut their deficit down to 10 with 1:30 left in the quarter.
"Kaden played well tonight and that is due to pure determination and grit and want," Hale said.
The Broncos comeback was short-lived as Bonneville's lead grew back to 20-plus points before Hale pulled his starters.
"That was a classless performance," Hale said. "It is pretty bad when down 20 I pulled my starters before they did. They may be the number one team in the state, but that was a classless performance by them tonight."
Davenport led all scores with 25 points, Stutzman added 22. Aaron Vail added eight points for Blackfoot.
Blackfoot (3-11, 1-5 4A District 5/6) travel to Pocatello on Wednesday.
Bonneville 73, Blackfoot 51
Bonneville 25 9 13 26 — 73
Blackfoot 8 9 15 19 — 51
Bonneville — Telly Davenport 6 12-14 25, Jared Stutzman 7 5-6 22, Kohl Hostert 2 0-4 4, Tanner Smith 4 0-0 8, Scott Simmons 3 0-1 7, Brad Smith 0 2-3 2, Brenden Tamayo 2 1-2 3, Kaden Lords 0 2-2 2. Blackfoot — Aaron Vail 4 0-0 8, Marshall Sandow — 1 4-4 7, Andrew hatch 0 1-2 1, McKye Watt 1 2-2 5, Tanner Norton 2 0-0 5, Kaden Loveland 5 3-5 14, Si Hoskins 1 2-3 4, Matt Peterson 1 0-0 2, Damon Bodkin 0 2-2 2.