POCATELLO — Blackfoot got down by as many as 9-points during Friday evenings road contest at Century High School but in the end found a way to fight through a physical affair for a 39-37 victory.
"This is a different district and it's a more physical district than we are used too," Blackfoot coach Mike Anderson said. "We came into it thinking in our heads that it is going to be a physical game but until your actually in it, you can't understand it."
First half play was frenetic, with both teams banging each other all over the court. The half witnessed Blackfoot turning the ball over 14-times leading to a 25-18 deficit heading into the locker room for the break.
"The kids did a great job of adjusting," coach Anderson said. "We didn't do a very good job of rotating the ball in the first half but in the second half we did a much better job of setting picks and rotating the ball."
Out of the break, Blackfoot settled down, opening the second half with a quick 6-0 run, courtesy of a three ball from Colin Rockwood and a break away lay in by Beau Hoskins, forcing the Diamondbacks into using one of their time outs just 1-minute into the half.
Blackfoot rode that momentum throughout the remainder if the third quarter and with 1:30 remaining, Sam Cannon stepped back and drilled his second trey of the night, giving the Broncos a 32-30 lead.
The teams traded baskets and at the end of three quarters of play, the game stood at 34-34.
Offense was at a premium in the final stanza with Century drawing first blood as Ben Bopp hit his third trey of the game for a 37-34 advantage.
That was all the offense that Century could muster against the Blackfoot zone however, as the amoeba frustrated the Diamondbacks for the remainder of the game, including a last ditch three attempt at the games final buzzer.
"There is still more work that we need to do on the defense," coach Anderson said. "It's a difficult defense that requires a little work but we are proud of the guys picking it up as well as they have. All eleven guys got in there and knew their position so that is satisfying as a coach to see."
Meanwhile, Blackfoot got just enough offense to earn their second straight victory, improving their overall record to 4-6 on the year.
"The team has been improving, we lost a little momentum in the Snake River game but I think that we have picked back up too where we were before that," coach Anderson said. "The motto is, win or lose get better every time and I think that we are accomplishing that."
Blackfoot will host Bingham County rival Shelley on Tuesday evening for the first High Country Conference match up between the two schools.
BHS 10 8 16 5 - 39
CHS 16 9 9 3 - 37
Blackfoot (39) - Trae Pilster 9, Beau Hoskins 4, Cody Cunningham 2, Gabby Maldonado 2, Colin Rockwood 5, Will Woods 3, Sam Cannon 14 rebounds (29) Pilster 6 Assists (8) Pilster 3 FT - 8/14 3-pointers 3/7 Cannon 2, Rockwood fouls - 10 fouled out - none
Century (37) - Jacob Cutler 5, Ty Ravsten 4, Nathan Wall 8, Brant Leo 2, Ben Bopp 16, Ian Parrish 2 rebounds (25) Ravsten 6, Wall 6 assists (6) Bopp 2 FT - 4/6 3-pointers 5/16 Bopp 3, Cutler, Cuttlers fouls - 13 fouled out - none