Printed on: February 19, 2014

Phillips carries Trojans past Broncos


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At Rigby, the Rigby High School boys basketball team poured in 26 points in the fourth quarter and got a game-high 25 from junior Tyrel Phillips to open the 4A District 5-6 tournament with a 69-50 win over Blackfoot on Tuesday.

Rigby coach Justin Jones said Phillips, who had three of Rigby's 3-pointers, also had a strong defensive effort against Blackfoot's McKye Watt.

"It was a consistent night for Tyrel," Jones said. "The Watt kid went scoreless and Tyrel guarded him fairly well."

Jones said Rigby's defense backed up its explosive offense that took hold in the fourth quarter.

"It was tight for three quarters, a good solid basketball game by both teams," Jones said. "Our defense played solid and we got some steals and some fast breaks to start that run."

Kaden Loveland had 17 points and Aaron Vail added 11 for Blackfoot (4-17), which hosts Pocatello on Thursday in a loser-out game. Landon Larsen had 18 and Justus McCullough added nine for Rigby (11-10), which plays Thursday at top-seeded Bonneville.

CENTURY 74, POCATELLO 35: At Pocatello, third-seeded Century built a big lead and cruised to a win over sixth-seeded Pocatello in a first-round matchup. Century will now travel to take on second-seeded Preston (15-5) on Thursday.

1A Div. 2 Dist. 5-6

CALVARY CHAPEL 43, LEADORE 40: At Firth, Ben Hayes had a game-high 24 points to lead Calvary Chapel to a season-preserving win over Leadore.

"He was actually driving real well, just getting to the hoop," Calvary Chapel coach John Yadon said of Hayes. "He had a nice couple of dishes to guys for layups."

Yadon said the Saints had a seven-point lead with less than two minutes left, but Leadore capitalized on Calvary Chapel turnovers and hit some key baskets to chip away.

"Rashaan (Tomchak), he hit a couple of ridiculous 3s with guys in his face," Yadon said. "Every time we've played them, it's been a good game."

Tomchak and Hunter Ramsey had 15 points each for Leadore, whose season ends with the loss. Drew Weathermon added six points for Calvary Chapel (4-13), which plays Saturday against the loser of Thursday's Clark County-North Gem game.

CLARK COUNTY 64, SHO-BAN 50: At Firth, Caden Egan hit two 3-pointers to begin the game and fourth-seeded Clark County held off fifth-seeded Sho-Ban in a first-round game at Firth High School.

Clark County led 16-12 after one quarter and 38-20 at halftime before cruising home to the victory.

Egan led the Bobcats with 22 points, Tresten Eddins had 17 and Landon May chipped in 15. Clark County faces North Gem in a second-round game at 6 p.m. Thursday.