BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Broncos opened up the 2011 portion of their basketball schedule on Wednesday evening, facing off with the team that handed them a double-digit defeat just a month ago.
On Wednesday, the Broncos avenged that set back by turning in a stellar defensive performance for a 59-56 win over 5A Idaho Falls.
"I think that the biggest thing tonight was rebounding," senior guard Collin Rockwood said. "The first time we played these guys they kicked our butts on rebounding but tonight we did a better job and played as a team."
Blackfoot set the tone early on the evening, opening the game in a 1-3-1 defensive zone look that seemed to unsettle and confuse the visiting Tigers. The Broncos used that look, along with an amoeba zone that was more than effective all night long.
"Idaho Falls likes to go to the high-low post and the amoeba takes that away," Beau Hoskins said. "We just put that in over the break and with that and the our X they really compliment each other."
Offensively, the Broncos didn't settle for the long range jump shot, instead driving to the basket, making several lay-ups and earning 23 free throw attempts on the evening.
Blackfoot was equal to the task at the charity stripe, knocking down 18 of those, none bigger than the pair that senior Sam Cannon dropped through the hoop with just three seconds remaining in the game.
Blackfoot led by 5-points heading into the final minute of the fourth quarter but Idaho Falls was able to mount a charge, pulling to within 1-point at 57-56. Blackfoot was called for a 5-second call on an inbounds play giving the Tigers the ball and an opportunity to steal the game with the last possession.
Blackfoot stood tall on the defensive series however as they forced an off balanced shot from the hip by the Tigers.
"We talked about playing solid d with no stupid fouls and on the offensive end to take care of the ball," Hoskins said.
Cannon got the rebound and was immediately fouled, sending the senior to the line where he cooly stroked a pair for the games final tally.
"Sam knocks down his free throws all the time, no doubt he was going to make them," Hoskins said. "It was a great game, great way to start the second half of the season."
Blackfoot had a trio of players in double figure scoring on the night. Rockwood led the charge with 17 while Cannon had 16 and Trae Pilster poured in 15 in the winning effort.
Blackfoot (3-6, 1-2) will travel to Century for a non-conference date with the Diamondbacks on Friday evening.
IFHS 11 15 21 9 - 56
BHS 13 13 23 10 - 59
Idaho Falls (56) - Jeremy Romrell 4, Alex Baker 4, Daniel Craig 7, Derek Despot 18, Nick Graham 2, Sean McCarthy 12, Austin Jones 3, Colton Starr 2, Collin Andrus 4 rebounds (16) Andrus 4 assists (8) Romrell 3 FT 7/13 3-pointers 5/13 (McCarthy 2, Craig, Despot, Jones) fouls - 18 fouled out - none
Blackfoot (59) - Trae Pilster 15, Beau Hoskins 2, Alonzo Ramos 1, Colby Pearson 4, Gabby Maldonado 4, Collin Rockwood 17, Sam Cannon 16 rebounds (25) Cannon 8 assists (6) Pilster 3 3-pointers 3/8 (Pilster, Rockwood, Cannon) fouls - 15 fouled out - none