By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
Preston notched two more victories last week as the regular season winds down. One was on the road against Blackfoot, 54-49 and the other at home against Marsh Valley, 59-54 in OT.
Though the crowd was small, it was thunderous as play progressed against the Eagles on Friday. The teams gave fans plenty to cheer about as the score went back and forth; first one team and then the other jumping ahead.
The Indians started the game with a 7-0 run, but Marsh Valley settled in and began a 12-0 run of their own which continued into the second quarter where they outscored Preston 13-9.
The Indians led 20-19 at the half but the momentum continued to favor the Eagles and Marsh Valley pulled ahead in the third by two. The teams traded baskets in the fourth keeping the fans on the edge of their seats. The score remained tied 46-46 for nearly a minute before time ran out with neither team able to gain the advantage.
Marsh Valley started the OT strong taking a five-point lead over Preston but a three-pointer by Taylor Smellie shifted the momentum back to the Indians where it stayed for the rest the game. A dunk by Preston Hobbs as time ran out received massive cheers, but didn’t quite make it before the buzzer.
“I’ve got to give Marsh Valley credit,” coach Tyler Jones said. “They came in and played hard tonight and were the more aggressive team. But we made enough plays down the stretch and stepped up when we had to. We had our backs against the wall a couple of times and made the plays down the stretch to get the win.”
Smellie was a big part of those plays with 31 points, 10 in overtime. He shot 12 of 15 from the line. “He stepped up and was huge in the fourth quarter and overtime,” Jones said. “He hit some big shots when we needed him and that’s what you want from seniors.”
That’s not to say he did it alone though. Kyle Lords put up 16 points and Hobbs contributed four points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots. Austin Smellie put up four points, RJ Harris and McKay Dodge both had two.
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