BLACKFOOT — The Blackfoot Broncos dug themselves a hole to begin their conference tilt against Rigby on Tuesday evening, falling behind by a 19-3 score after one quarter of play. From there the Broncos scratched, clawed and fought their way back into the ball game only to have their comeback hopes dashed as they fell in overtime 59-54.
"What a character game," Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale said. "These guys could have laid down and died after that first quarter but they didn't. They just kept climbing that mountain all night long and once we got to the top of that mountain Rigby hit a couple of big shots and we came up just short."
After the icy start the Broncos heated up early in the second quarter as they opened the frame on a 10-2 run which eventually led to the Broncos cutting the lead to just five points just before the half. A foul call on a half court shot awarded the Trojans three free throws with no time on the clock though and after JonRyheem Peoples connected on all three, Rigby led 26-18 heading to the locker room.
Peoples ended the half with 19 points, en route to a game high 19 for the Trojans.
"Peoples is a good player. You don't score 25 to 30 points a night without being a good player," Coach Hale said. "You have to hand it to him. He played a lot of minutes with that big body of his."
Blackfoot shook off the momentum stall of the first half with a 10-4 run to open the third quarter, cutting the lead to just two points at 30-28 but after a Rigby time out, the Trojans once again pushed the lead back out to seven at 37-30 by quarters end, in large part due to a technical foul which was called on Blackfoot for a strong tie up of the basketball.
Despite that, onward came the Bronco charge and with 3:45 left in the game Alonzo Ramos drilled one of his four three point baskets to tie the game at 42-42. Ramos had 15 points on the night for the Broncos.
After trading baskets McKye Watt gave the Broncos their first lead of the night when he stole the inbounds pass and then converted the lay up with :43 remaining for a 47-46 advantage. Watt led the Broncos with 16 points including four three point baskets.
On the ensuing defensive possession Colby Pearson snagged a steal and was fouled sending the senior to the line for a one and one free throw attempt. Pearson made one of two for the 48-46 lead with :23 remaining.
Rigby tied the game with :10 remaining and Blackfoot called time out to set up the possible game winner. Unfortunately a pair of shots caromed off of the front iron sending the game into overtime.
Blackfoot drew first blood in the extra frame with a three ball off the hand of Ramos but Rigby answered with 9 straight points to pick up the victory.
"We know that we can win these games," Coach Hale said. "Now we just need to get a win or two."
Blackfoot (3-7, 0-3) will get their shot on Thursday evening when they travel to Century for a conference game with the Diamondbacks. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
RIGBY 59, BLACKFOOT 54 OT
Rigby 19 7 11 11 11 - 59
Blackfoot 3 15 12 18 6 - 54
Rigby (59) Tyrel Phillips 13, Hyrum Prestwich 9, Clayton Iglinski 6, Landon Larson 1, JonRyheem Peoples 29. FG: 19. 3-pointers (Tyrel Phillips 1, Hyrum Prestwich 1, JonRyheem Peoples 3). FT: 16-20. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: (Clayton Iglinski).
Blackfoot (54) - Colby Pearson 5, Alonzo Ramos 15, Paul Cannon 6, Tyler Cannon 3, McKye Watt 16, Austin Campbell 7, Aaron Vail 2. FG: 18. 3-pointers (Alonzo Ramos 4, McKye Watt 4). FT: 10-16. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.