Friday, December 2, 2005

Blackfoot takes Wood River to school

Broncos breeze 57-35, Filer arrives tonight

Wood River's Jesse Stark (right) drives to the hoop while Blackfoot's Jacob Bailey defends during Wednesday night's game in Hailey.

With Wednesday's 57-35 home loss to Blackfoot in the books, the Wood River High School boys' varsity basketball team will be seeking its first win tonight, Friday when the Filer Wildcats (0-1) come to Hailey.

Coach Fred Trenkle's Wolverines (0-1) will try to turn it around against an inexperienced Wildcats squad that dropped its opener 56-36 at home to Valley Tuesday.

Opening tipoff is 7:30 p.m. tonight preceded by freshman and junior varsity games. In a new tradition, Wood River will again give an award at the end of the varsity game to the visiting Filer player who displays ability and is a class act in the game.

The player who won that award Tuesday was Blackfoot's 5-10 senior point guard Jacob Bailey (10 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists). He quickly got Blackfoot's perimeter shooting offense into gear and the eastern Idaho visitors jumped to a 12-0 lead

Wood River regrouped and cut Blackfoot's lead to 17-15 early in the second, but the Broncos (seven 3-pointers) popped a couple of treys over the Wolverine zone defense and restored a 31-18 half-time lead.

Part of Wood River's troubles in the first half was due to turnovers (12 of its 16 before half). Junior point guards David Sibrian and Danny Sibrian, in their first varsity games, performed well in place of senior Morgan Uhrig, sidelined for a couple of weeks with a hyperextended knee suffered in practice Monday.

They needed help, though, and didn't get it from the big guys.

Despite shooting well at the free throw line (11-for-14), Wood River couldn't get its close-in shots to fall and didn't get second chances. Blackfoot out-rebounded the Wolverines 24-16 as everybody contributed—six Broncos grabbing three or more boards, compared to just one player with three or more for Wood River.

Hailey leaders were sophomore Erik Jacobson (5 points, 8 rebounds) and senior Jesse Stark (10 points, 2 steals). David Sibrian (4 points, 3 steals, 2 assists) had a promising start. Scoring three points each were Casey Lane, Corbin Miniard, Cory Rutkowski and Cooper McCroskey.

Blackfoot senior Randy Purcell (13 points, 4 boards) led eight Broncos in the scoring column.

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