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PHS beats Century | Preston Citizen

PHS beats Century

February 4, 2014


PHS sports writer

Though they lost a close game to Bonneville on the road last week, the Indians came home on Friday to win big against Century. The win put them second in the conference standings.

To be playing so well against top teams in the district right now is huge for Preston. With just three games left in the regular season, and so little separating the teams, each one is of utmost importance.

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The Indians will host Pocatello on Friday and travel to Blackfoot on Saturday. Both games will be at 7:30 p.m. for varsity and 6 p.m. for JV and freshmen.

The Diamondbacks may have scored first, but it didn’t take Preston long to find its rhythm and maintain it to win 62-44. They went from trailing 4-0 to leading by four at the 3:24 minute mark and went on to a 20-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. Though Century put up a good fight, the Indians never really looked back after that.

“It’s a huge win, just huge for us,” coach Tyler Jones said. “We went up there and played hard against Bonneville and fought right to the end. It’s always tough to bounce back after a tough loss like that, but our kids really responded. It was a great first quarter and I thought that was the key to the game. We really had a great start and that kind of set the tone.”

Austin Smellie gets hammered by a couple of Century players, Leo Behrend, 11, and Austin Ferguson, 22, who were fighting for the ball.

Austin Smellie gets hammered by a couple of Century players, Leo Behrend, 11, and Austin Ferguson, 22, who were fighting for the ball.

Preston beat the Diamondbacks in every quarter, but it was the early lead that gave them such an advantage. Admittedly the loss of guard Malek Harwell due to injury hurt Century as it tried to adjust to his first absence on the floor. Harwell is expected to return soon.

“He’s a great player and one of the best in the state of Idaho,” Jones said. “It’s their first game without him, so I’m sure they had people who had to step up in different roles and it’s tough at first. It’s tough to beat Century. It’s always tough to beat them. So we’ll take a win and hopefully continue to build on this.”

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