By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
The Preston Indians boys’ basketball team started off the season well hosting Burley over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The 60-57 victory came courtesy of Taylor Smellie, who dropped in a three pointer with 30 seconds left in a tied ball game to give Preston the lead.
Smellie had a fantastic game with a career-high 31 points.
“He can definitely score the basketball,” coach Tyler Jones said. “He can create his own shot and get to the basket, and today we had a hard time getting baskets at times. But he stepped up and made the plays when we needed him to.”
Preston started the game well leading Burley 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and they extended their lead to eight at the half.
But the Indians struggled a bit in the third quarter, allowing Burley to catch up and then take the lead by three. Things went back and forth in the final quarter right up to the final seconds.
“It was a hard-fought game for the first game of the season,” Jones said. “It went back and forth, but down the stretch we made some big plays and hit our free throws — 19 out of 23 — which was also big.”
Kyle Lords led the team in rebounds with nine and scored 12 points. Dalton Lloyd scored two, Kyle Flade, four and Derek Fryar, two.
Preston will play at West Side this Friday, Nov. 30, with games starting at 4:30 p.m. (freshmen), 6 p.m. (JV) and 7:30 p.m. (varsity) before traveling to a tournament in Elko, Nev., on Dec. 6.
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