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Done: Preston plays Century tough

March 4, 2014
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By TERESA CHIPMAN 

PHS sports writer

Preston’s season ended with a 17-7 record on Thursday in Pocatello when they lost 73-58 to Century. This was definitely one of those times when the score doesn’t tell the whole story.

The Indians held their own against the Diamondbacks through most of the game. They tied the contest multiple times in the first quarter and was down 13-11 as the quarter ended.

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The crowd was deafening and emotions ran high as the game progressed.

Preston got down by as many as eight in the second, but were able to cut the deficit to two in the last two minutes. It was 30-28 at the half.

Century got off to a good start in the third quarter, again building its lead. But the Indians wouldn’t go down. They cut the margin and pulled ahead by one in the final seconds of the stanza 42-41.

Preston held on to that lead for nearly three minutes, as they traded baskets with the Diamondbacks before the momentum shifted. Four, three pointers, nearly perfect free-throw shooting and blocked shots by 6-foot 10-inch Damon Leach and others in the fourth gave Century a 10-point advantage the Indians just couldn’t overcome.

RJ Harris led Preston with 18 points, while Austin Smellie added 16.

Preston’s defense extended its season on Feb. 25 when it eliminated Rigby from the district tournament with a 54-36 victory at home.

Derek Fryar, 20, attempts to block a shot of Century’s Tyler Holm Thursday night in Pocatello. Riley Moedl, 10, is on the right and Kyle Lords, 33, is behind and on the left. Preston lost the game 73-58 in the loser-out contest and its season came to an end.

Derek Fryar, 20, attempts to block a shot of Century’s Tyler Holm Thursday night in Pocatello. Riley Moedl, 10, is on the right and Kyle Lords, 33, is behind and on the left. Preston lost the game 73-58 in the loser-out contest and its season came to an end.

“One of the biggest keys to that game was our defense,” coach Tyler Jones said. “We were active, our hands were up and we forced tough shots with our defense. They say defense wins big games and championships and that was definitely key tonight.”

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