BLACKFOOT — With the score tied at 45-45 and just over two minutes remaining in the huge cross river rivalry game between the Broncos and the Panthers junior McKye Watt stepped up and drilled a three pointer from the baseline. After a missed three on the other end, Watt followed that up with another three ball from the opposite corner to give his team a 51-45 lead.
Unlike years past however, the Watt in question was wearing Bronco green and those shots proved critical as the Blackfoot squad evened their season record at 2-2 with a 54-50 win over Snake River.
"Snake River had adjusted to a zone to stop our pick and roll which we were having some success with," Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale said. "The demise was Kye because he can shoot it pretty good. It was a good ball game though. A good rivalry game."
Up to that point in the ball game had everything that a Blackfoot-Snake River game normally has with a packed house witnessing a pair of teams that left it all on the floor on every possession.
Fans were treated to a game that witnessed 9 lead changes and 6 ties throughout the contest as neither team backed off a single step from the man across from them.
"We had a shot at the end to win it," Snake River head coach Bob Coombs said. "We had a pair of turnovers late in the game and you just can't have that happen and hope to win. Blackfoot played well though, they hit some shots and I thought that they were more aggressive than we were and we didn't do a very good job of moving our feet which led to them beating us off the dribble."
Snake River led by as many as six points midway through the second quarter as their big guys took advantage of their size disadvantage for multiple opportunities.
Jacoby Johnson and Wyatt Wray each had 10 points on the night but it could have been much more as the rim was unkind on several shots down low, especially in the first half of play.
"We left at least ten points on the floor with missed lay ups," Coach Coombs said. "It's still early in the year though and later on those shots will have to go in for us."
"They were beating us on the glass and when I called time out I told the guys that we needed five white jersey's on the defensive glass," Coach Hale said. "Snake River are long and lanky and we didn't match up very well with them but our team showed a lot of character. A lot of fight. I was proud of their effort."
Blackfoot had a trio of players crack double-digit scoring with Watt leading all scorers on the night with 18. Aaron Vail and Austin Campbell added 11 and 10 apiece in the winning effort.
Snake River (1-1) will travel to Teton for their next outing on Tuesday while Blackfoot (2-2) will host Hillcrest on Wednesday for a rematch of the season opener. Both games are scheduled for a 7:30 tip off.
BLACKFOOT 54, SNAKE RIVER 50
Snake River 14 10 8 18 - 50
Blackfoot 13 14 13 14 - 57
Snake River (50) - Jacoby Johnson 10, Kade Harral 6, Cole Rushton 5, Nate Martin 4, Brad Coombs 7, Curtis Keller 8, Wyatt Wray 10. FG: 16. 3-pointers (Kade Harral, Cole Rushton). FT: 16-26. Fouls: 23. Fouled out: Cole Rushton.
Blackfoot (54) - Colby Pearson 4, Paul Cannon 6, Tyler Cannon 2, McKye Watt 18, Austin Campbell 10, Harrison Hoskins 3, Aaron Vail 11. FG: 16. 3-pointers (McKye Watt 3, Harrison Hoskins). FT: 18-30. Fouls: 21. Fouled out: none.