Panthers size to much for Tigers
THOMAS — Coming of an emotional win over rival Blackfoot the night before, the Snake River boys basketball team took the floor again Saturday night against another Bingham County rival and a team that was coming of an emotional rivalry game win as well in Aberdeen.
And while emotion was high on both sides, it would be the size and shooting of Snake River that proved to be too much for the Tigers to handle as the Panthers earned a 60-34 win.
Kade Harral started off what would be a very good shooting night for him and the team as hit nailed a three pointer to start the night.
All but three of the rest of the first quarter points was scored by someone from the Keller family.
Curtis Keller went to work in the low post scoring six consecutive points in the quarter. Kade added four and Klay seven of his own as the Panthers led 23-8 after one quarter.
While Aberdeen did not have the same hot shooting night as the Panthers they did get a a solid night form point guard Ethan Elliott.
The junior Elliott who spent last season split between the Tigers varsity and junior varsity teams hit two first quart three pointers on his way to a game-high 19 points.
"He was a bench player last year," Aberdeen head coach Lester Stewart said about his point guard.
"He had picked up our system and is doing a good job leading this team."
Harral and the rest of the Panthers had their way with the Tigers down low all night long, and when the ball was not down in the low post it was going to one of the guards who knocked down the open shots.
Snake River led 33-14 at halftime.
While it would easy to see how the Tigers could have folded in the second half with a large deficit in from of them. Instead they continued to work and picked up their intensity on both sides of the ball in the second half.
"This its the first time all season we have played a full 32 minutes," Stewart said. "While the outcome is not what we wanted we did a lot of things that were positive and that we can build on going forward."
The Panthers hot shooting continued into the second half even with the Tigers amped up defensive pressure.
Harral scored 11 points in the quarter to give Snake River a 26-point lead heading into the final quarter.
The Snake River defense was good in its own right as they held the Tigers to 20 second half points.
"I have coached three years and I can not remember a time were I was as pleased with he teams effort after a loss than I was tonight," Stewart said. "We competed against one of the best teams in the state and I am happy with that."
The Panthers had three players in double figures led by Harral's 17. Curtis Keller added 15 and Klay Keller 13.
Snake River (3-0) plays at Blackfoot on Friday while Aberdeen (2-3) plays at West Jefferson.
Snake River 60, Aberdeen 34
Aberdeen 8 6 10 10 — 34
Snake River 23 10 17 10 — 60
Aberdeen — Ethan Elliott 7 2-2 19, Alex Cardona 2 0-0 4, Oscar Klassen 3 0-0 7, Chandler Foster 1 0-0 2, Zane Bono 1 0-0 2. Snake River — Kade Harrel 6 0-0 17,Curtis Keller 7 1-1 15, Kade Keller 2 2-2 6, Klay Keller 6 0-0 13, Jaden Poulter 3 0-0 8, Tyler Coombs 0 1-4 1.