BLACKFOOT — If not for the first four minutes of Blackfoots game with the Madison Bobcats on Thursday night, the men in green may have opened the home portion of their schedule with a win.
Unfortunately for the Broncos and the large crowd on hand, the visiting Cats opened the game with a huge 16-3 run for a lead that they never relinquished, ending in a 61-46 victory.
"Maybe we talked about it too much, the start," Blackfoot head coach Jonathan Packer said. "We new it was crucial. As well as a Hawkins coached team plays with the lead and as hard as they are too press we knew that if we got down ten that it was going to be a battle and maybe addressing so much made it happen."
Once the Broncos settled down they played dead even with the Cats, eventually pulling to within 7 points of the lead at 49-42 with five minutes left on the clock.
Alonzo Ramos was a key cog early in the third quarter with a pair of treys from the corner and Gabby Maldonado turned in a marvelous play on the low block, fighting for the loose ball and then powering his way to the hoop through a pair of Madison defenders for the hoop and the harm.
"We finally figured out that little back cuts and screening action opened up driving and passing lanes for us and hopefully we will learn from that," coach Packer said. "We saw some progress as a team, especially in the third quarter. The possession with Gabby was probably the best possession of the year and maybe watching Madison run a minute and a half off the clock and then get a lay up rubbed off on them."
That was as close as the Broncos could get however as offensively the well ran dry and being forced too foul, the Cats sent a parade to the free throw line where they knocked down more than enough to put the game away.
Blackfoot (1-3, 0-1) will return to the court on Saturday night when they face off with cross river rival Snake River in a game scheduled to tip off at 7:30 P.M.
"Kids will be excited and ready too go you don't have to pump them up for that," coach Packer said. "It will be a different game than what we had tonight though, hopefully we will be able to take what we learned and apply it to Snake River."
Madison 61, Blackfoot 46
MHS 19 11 13 18 - 61
BHS 7 11 15 13 - 46
Madison (61) - Kyle Blanchard 14, Spencer Williams 1, Mitch Powell 12, Rhett Robison 2, Kash Merrill 1, Jason Luthy 2, Ryker Pierce 9, Taylor Groom 2, Kaden Michaelson 4, Austin Blair 14 FT: 17/20 3PT: 4/11 Mitch Powell (2), Kyle Blanchard (2)
Blackfoot (46) - Trae Pilster 5, Beau Hoskins 6, Alonzo Ramos 14, Cody Cunningham 2, Colby Pearson 2, Gabby Maldonado 2, Colin Rockwood 4, Sam Cannon 11 FT: 16/20 3PT: 4/15 Alonzo Ramos (3), Sam Cannon