BLACKFOOT — After trailing by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter the Blackfoot Broncos relied on their defense to get them back in the game with 4A District 5/6 opponent Rigby Wednesday night.
But after the Broncos went on an 8-0 run to cut the Trojans lead to three a questionable offensive foul call sent things spiraling out of control for the Broncos.
Rigby closed out the game on a 12-6 run to hand the Broncos a 69-60 loss.
On the offensive foul that changed the game the Broncos Harry Hoskins was driving towards the basket and as he was going up a layup a Rigby defender slid over and took what was called a charge by the officials.
The Blackfoot bench responded in displeasure with the call which earned them a technical foul. Rigby's Nick Huston made the two free throws that started a string of eight consecutive points from the foul line and eventually gave Rigby the game.
"I am a nice guy and people know I am a nice guy," Blackfoot head coach Dan Hale said. "It seems only the jerks get the calls so when I am say something they (the refs) look at my like what I am dinging saying something. We get a technical foul and 40 seconds later a three point game is an 11-point game."
While a questionable call changed the momentum of the game, the Broncos did have plenty of opportunities to get back into the game especially early in the third quarter.
Blackfoot started the quarter on a 9-4 run to pull within 47-39, but over the final four minutes of the quarter the team scored just five points.
"We had five consecutive possessions in the third quarter and if we score on three of the five we are right back in it," Hale said. "
Both teams started the game on fire shooting the basketball, Rigby made their first four shots, while Blackfoot matched them shot for shot.
"We are peaking at the right time and that is something that makes a guy proud," Hale said. "We just need to find a way to get over that hump in close games."
Kaden Loveland continued his solid play scoring a game-high 24 points for the Broncos. Tanner Norton chipped in 13 points.
Blackfoot (4-13, 2-5 4A District 5/6) host Preston for senior night on Saturday.
Rigby 69, Blackfoot 60
Rigby 18 27 8 16 — 69
Blackfoot 14 20 10 16 — 60
Rigby — Kayden Killpack 2 0-0 4, Landon Larsen 3 4-10 10, Nick Huston 2 2-2 7, Hadyn Landon 2 6-7 10, Garrett Broulim 5 4-5 17, Tyrel Phillips 4 3-8 12, Porter Marley 1 0-0 3, Justus McCullough 1 0-0 2, Preston Poulter 0 2-2 2.
Blackfoot — Kaden Loveland 7 6-7 24, Harry Hoskins 1 4-5 7, Taylor Pearson 3 1-2 7, Tanner Norton 4 2-2 13, Aaron Vail 0 2-4 2, Andrew Hatch 1 0-0 2, Matt Peterson 1 1-4 3.