BLACKFOOT — The darn ball just wouldn't go through the hole. Fresh off their heartbreaking road overtime loss at Madison, the Blackfoot Broncos faced off with another 5A school on Friday night and trailing by three points with thirty seconds left in the contest the Broncos got not one, not two, but five different shots at tying the ball game. Unfortunately for the Blackfoot fans on each and everyone of those attempts, the ball just would not cooperate as the Broncos fell to Skyline 51-48.
"You can't fault the looks we got," Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale said. "We had the ball in the hands of our shooters. We couldn't have asked for a whole lot more."
The game certainly didn't start as if it was going to be a barn burner as the visiting Grizzlies jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead.
Undaunted, the Broncos got their collective groove on however as they closed out the quarter on a 16-0 run of their own to double up the Grizzlies 16-8 in the opening stanza.
That lead held throughout the first half as Blackfoot was up 31-24 at the break but with 4:30 remaining in the second quarter, Blackfoot was dealt another blow to their already thin lineup as Alonzo Ramos left the building with a obviously damaged finger.
"We are a little thin but effort wise I am extremely happy with what these guys are doing," Coach Hale said. "Everyone is contributing and playing their butts off."
Out of the break Skyline put on a 1-2-2 pressure package which led to a 15-8 third quarter advantage and heading to the final quarter the score was deadlocked at 39-39.
Back and forth the two teams battled down the stretch and a Tyler Cannon driving lay in off of a McKye Watt steal tied the game at 48-48 with 1:38 remaining.
Skyline sophomore, Jai Jai Ely gave the Grizzlies the lead back with a clutch three point basket from the baseline however, one of six three point baskets that the Grizzlies hit on the evening, which led to the finishing salvo.
"You know we are right there. We are so close we just have to get over that hump," Coach Hale said. "Austin Campbell said it best after the game when he said we are 3 and 7 and we should be 6 and 4. We look at the stat sheets and we are winning in every category except on the scoreboard but like I told the boys. We just need to be playing our best basketball and winning these games in the second half of the season."
Blackfoot (3-7, 0-2) will be back in action Tuesday evening when they host Rigby for a conference game at 7:30 p.m.
SKYLINE 51, BLACKFOOT 48
Skyline 8 16 15 12 - 51
Blackfoot 16 15 8 9 - 48
Skyline (51) - Zak Bennett 7, Scott Allison 5, Christian Cather 10, Andre Madrigal 5, Joe Grinnell 4, Xavier Banks 8, Jai Jai Ely 12. FG: 18. 3-pointers (Zak Bennett 1, Scott Allison 1, Christian Cather 2, Jai Jai Ely 2). FT: 9-16. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none.
Blackfoot (48) - Marshall Sandow 4, Alonzo Ramos 5, Paul Cannon 4, Tyler Cannon 10, McKye Watt 5, Austin Campbell 10, Harrison Hoskins 10. FG: 20. 3-pointers (Alonzo Ramos 1, McKye Watt 1). FT: 6-11. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.