By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
After a first-round bye in the 4A 5th/6th District Tournament the Indians faced Century at home on Thursday night and got beat by two points 63- 61.
That loss put Preston in a do-or-die game against Blackfoot on Saturday and the Indians spanked the Broncos by almost 30 points. Preston now hosts Rigby in another elimination game on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
“We don’t have any room for error now,” coach Tyler Jones said. “If you win, you advance. If you lose, you’re done.
“The kids came out with lots of energy and our defense was excellent tonight. That really set the tone for us and got us off to a great start.”
And a great start it was. The Indians pulled away early and crushed all attempts by the Broncos to close the gap. Leading 16-8 at the end of the first quarter, Preston just kept pouring it on..
Rebounding and defensive pressure seemed to be key in the contest. The Indians out-rebounded Blackfoot 31-18.
“Our defense set the tone,” said Jones. “We were active. People were moving, hands were up and I thought that was really a big key tonight.”
In the fourth, Jones cleared the bench and they were up to the challenge. The Indians only allowed Blackfoot to close the gap by five and finished the contest with a 62-37 win.
On Thursday, despite an early lead, Preston got off to a slow start that had them playing catch up with Century most of the game. To their credit they kept the game within reach and gave themselves a shot at the end, but couldn’t quite pull off a win.
After trailing in the third quarter, the Indians came back to tie it up 44-44. But the Diamondbacks immediately pulled away again at the start of the fourth. Down 59- 51 with 3:11 to go, Preston began to close the gap. An eight-point lead shrank to five at 1:33 and was down to one (61-60) at 59.6.
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