Broncos come up three points short
BLACKFOOT — Trailing by one point with 21.2 seconds left the Blackfoot Broncos had plenty of time to get off a game-tying shot attempt.
The first attempt was a good look at the basket, but bounced off the back of the rim.
After a pair of free throws by Skyline extended the lead back to three, the Broncos had one last chance to send the game into overtime.
But Kaden Loveland's three point attempt hit the front of the rim and the Grizzlies escaped with a 65-62 win at Blackfoot High School Wednesday night.
"We had a much better effort tonight than we did against Hillcrest last weekend," Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale said. "But in the middle of the fourth quarter to the end our defense got a little sloppy and a little lax and they took the ball and got to the whole, and when those shots did not fall they went to the free throw line. We let them live at the free throw line in the fourth quarter."
Blackfoot held a 44-38 lead at the beginning of the final eight minutes, but Skyline's aggressive driving and some Broncos turnovers allowed the Grizzlies to open the quarter on an 8-0 run, six of the points came from the free throw line.
The run grew to 14-2 over the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter to give Skyline a six point lead.
Undaunted the Broncos battled back erasing the deficit in the final minutes but coming up just short in the end.
"We fought hard in the final minutes to get back into the game," Hale said. "A few weeks ago I don't know if we would have done that. We have improved a lot side we played Hillcrest, now we have to take the positive and move forward into important district games beginning on Friday."
While the end result was not the way the Broncos wanted things to to go, the opening minutes of the game was some of the best basketball the team has played all season.
The Broncos opened the game on an 8-0 run and played some tough pressure defense to jump out on the Grizzlies.
Undaunted Skyline tied the game on their next three possessions with a pair of three pointers and a layup.
The teams were tied at 17 after one quarter. In the second quarter the Broncos feed the ball into sophomore post Taylor Pearson.
Pearson was aggressive driving to the basket, the result was a few baskets and four trips to the foul line. Pearson scored eight of his 13 points in the second quarter.
Aaron Vail and Kaden Loveland each also chipped in 13 points.
Skyline's Jai Jai Ely scored a game-high 17.
Blackfoot (3-6, 1-1 4A District 5/6) play at Rigby Friday night.
Skyline 65, Blackfoot 62
Skyline 17 9 12 21 — 65
Blackfoot 17 15 12 24 — 62
Skyline — Jai Jai Ely 4 9-13 17, Tyson Baker 5 1-2 12, Brayden Burnside 2 2-2 7, Austin Guza 1 0-0 2, Mason Baker 4 4-5 12, McKay Harding 1 0-0 2, Zak Bennett 6 0-0 13. Blackfoot — Kaden Loveland 6 0-0 13, Tanner Norton 2 0-0 2, Aaron Vail 4 5-8 13, Taylor Pearson 4 5-5 13, Marshall Sandow 1 0-0 2, Harry Hoskins 2 3-4 9, Damon Bodkin 1 0-0 3m Andrew Hatch 1 2-2 5.