Broncos claim much needed victory
Cody Cunningham drives past his Pocatello defender on Friday night.
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos entered Friday nights non-conference tilt with Pocatello in desperate need of a win. Blackfoot got just what the doctor ordered with a 57-53 win, snapping a five game losing streak.
"We decided to shake things up a little tonight, we were on a losing streak and I thought that we needed to change the chemistry a little and I thought that it worked out for the best," Blackfoot head coach Jonathan Packer said. "I am just really happy for the kids, they did everything that they needed to do too get the win tonight."
Right from the opening tip the scene was different, with Cody Cunningham and Will Woods inserted into the starting line up.
From there, Blackfoot was on a steady rotation, about every three minutes new players rotated onto the court and every Blackfoot player played significant minutes in the win.
On the court, both teams came out in zone defensive looks and both offensive units showed great patience as they probed those defensive looks. The result was a pedestrian 6-4 Blackfoot lead after one quarter of play.
Things started heating up in the second quarter however as Sam Cannon made a living on the high post, tallying 11 of his team leading 16 in the second quarter as Blackfoot built a 30-15 half time advantage.
"We adjusted a bit to them and let the kids know where the open spots were and the high post for Sam was a good look for him," coach Packer said. "I thought that was a good thing though because earlier this year we've had some trouble against the zone and I thought that we handled it better tonight. I also thought that we handled their defensive pressure better tonight so those were two good things."
The visiting Indians were far from done with however as they methodically chipped away at the Bronco lead, eventually tying the game at 46-46 on a Chris Randall trey with 4:07 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Unlike Wednesday nights ball game, Blackfoot responded to the comeback threat.
Alonzo Ramos gave the Broncos the lead for good with a lay in at 1:54 and after a tough defensive stand, Ramos was found on a back door cut by Beau Hoskins for an easy bucket and a 4-point advantage.
Stellar free throw shooting down the stretch sealed the deal for Blackfoot as they emerged triumphant for the first time in nearly a month.
"We had a different attitude and we told the kids to just play in the present because it doesn't matter what happened in the last game because it won't make a difference in the score tonight," coach Packer said. "When it's been a while since you've won stuff happens but I was happy with the teams confidence, they didn't fold and did a pretty good job of maintaining their composure and finished the game off."
Blackfoot (6-12, 2-7) will travel to Shelley next Wednesday for a 7:30 tip off.
PHS 4 11 18 20 - 53
BHS 6 24 11 16 - 57
Pocatello - Kade Teter 15, Chris Randall 19, Easton Ralphs 6, Tyler Howard 8, Jake Jardine 2, Nick Davis 3 rebounds (22) Randall 7; assists (11) Randall 4; FT - 11/13 3pt - 8/22 (Randall 4, Howard 2, Ralphs, Davis; fouls - 22 fouled out - none
Blackfoot - Trae Pilster 10, Beau Hoskins 7, Alonzo Ramos 6, Colby Pearson 5, Collin Rockwood 11, Phil Woods 2, Sam Cannon 16; rebounds (24) Pilster 5; assists (11) Rockwood 3; FT - 19/24; 3pt - 2/16 (Hoskins, Cannon) fouls - 14 fouled out - none
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