BLACKFOOT — Blackfoot had more than their fair share of chances to get a conference win over Bonneville on Wednesday night. In the end, the Bees found a way to get it done however, as Blackfoot was left shaking their heads after a disappointing 74-71 overtime loss at Blackfoot High School.
"I don't think that we deserved to win after giving up the lead and playing soft like we did," Blackfoot head coach Jonathan Packer said. "We didn't play much defense at all in the second half, we were lucky to be there at the end."
Blackfoot looked as if they were en route to another blow out win over Bonneville as they opened a 13-point half time advantage, courtesy of a huge 24-point second quarter.
Blackfoot continued to hold a double-digit advantage after three quarters of play but at the start of the fourth quarter, Bonneville turned up the defensive pressure, leading to back-to-back-to-back Bronco turnovers, leading to a quick 10-0 run and with 6:15 remaining, the score was now tied at 47-47.
"Bonneville got up into us and we backed down," coach Packer said. "Any team that does that to us will beat us until we change our attitude about pressure because its a mental approach to that pressure that we don't seem to have."
From there the teams traded the lead back and forth. WIth :23 remaining, Blackfoot got possession of the ball down 61-59. On the ensuing series the Broncos went for a three and the win by Trae Pilster. The shot failed to fall but Beau Hoskins was saved the day with an offensive rebound and a put back for the game tying shot. Hoskins was fouled on the play but the free throw came up short sending the game into overtime.
Bonneville's Dylan Black opened the bonus frame with a trey from the top of the circle and from there Blackfoot played catch up for the remainder of the contest.
It looked as if the game was all but over with Bonneville up 6-points with :26 remaining until Alonzo Ramos made an acrobatic move in the lane for the bucket and the boo-boo, cutting the score to 72-69.
On the inbounds play, Sam Cannon was able to pick the pocket of the Bee player for a steal and then he was fouled where he nailed both charity tosses, making the score 72-71.
After a free throw from Bonneville, Blackfoot had one last shot to win the ball game but a three ball from the corner, although on line, was just long leading to the conference loss.
Blackfoot will return to action on Friday when they host Pocatello at 7:30 P.M.
BONN 11 10 16 24 13 - 74
BLCK 10 24 13 14 10 - 71
Bonneville - Kalin Keck 11, Jake Harper 5, Dylan Black 29, Jared Stutzman 14, Riley Rowberry 1, Andy Roybal 13, Justin Palmer 1 FT - 18/32 3-pointers 8/27 (Black 5, Keck, Stutzman, Roybal) fouls - 15 fouled out - Jake Harper
Blackfoot - Trae Pilster 12, Beau Hoskins 14, Alonzo Ramos 9, Collin Rockwood 19, Sam Cannon 11, Colby Pearson 4, Will Woods 2 FT - 14/21 3-pointers 9/25 (Rockwood 4, Hoskins 3, Cannon, Pilster) fouls - 24 fouled out - Beau Hoskins, Trae Pilster