|Bronco boys dominate to claim Brady, Cambridge tournament titles|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:52|
By Dave Vrbas
The Wauneta Breeze
The Bronco boys basketball team (now 6-2) continues to impress, taking the championships of the Brady Holiday and Cambridge Invitational tourneys in action over the last two weeks.
Defeating Paxton, 55-42, then squeaking by Anselmo-Merna in the title game at Brady, 54-51, the Broncos repeated as the champions of the Brady Holiday Tournament.
At the Cambridge Invitational, the Broncos had a close first quarter against Hitchcock County, then out came storming the court after the half to take a big win, 64-39. Against Cambridge Tuesday evening, the Broncos stole the championship away from the home team, 62-57.
Full coverage of the Cambridge Invitational, this Friday’s home games against Hitchcock County, and Saturday’s road game at Southwest will appear in next week’s Breeze edition.
First-round against Paxton
The Broncos jumped out to a 19-5 lead against Paxton in their first-round matchup, then coasted to a decisive 55-42 victory.
The Broncos led 28-17 going into halftime, but used a 17-10 tilt in third-quarter scoring to seal the deal. The Broncos were outscored in both the second and fourth quarters by Brady, but it wasn’t enough to mount an upset.
The Broncos were led by Drew Harris’ double-double on the evening. Harris scored 17 points and pulled down 10 boards in the win. He also had three steals and three assists in the match.
Ricky Martin rounded out double-figure scorers, chipping in 12 points in the game. All of his points came from shooting treys at an 80 percent clip, hitting four out of his five attempts from outside the arc.
Martin also had three rebounds in the match, as Paxton was outrebounded by the Broncos, 31-29.
TJ Ellicott had nine points and eight rebounds in the game. Other Bronco scorers were Chris Bartels with eight, Cody Steinke with seven and John Kitt with two.
The Broncos hit an impressive 42 percent of their 50 shots from the field, while Paxton struggled at just 28 percent of their 40 shots. At the line, Paxton hit 17 of 27 for 63 percent while the Broncos hit six of eight for 75 percent.
Second title in as many years
The Broncos pulled out a squeaker in the finals against Anselmo-Merna, 54-51, with free throws making the difference in the game.
Leading 42-37 going into the last quarter of play, Steinke put the Broncos up by seven. Anselmo-Merna answered with an 8-0 run that put them at a one-point advantage, 45-44.
Bartels tossed in a trey, but the Coyotes scored a field goal to tie up the score. Martin canned a trey to give the Broncos the lead again. Again, Anselmo-Merna was able to work their way to the basket and put the game within one, right before Broncos’ leading scorer Harris fouled out of the game.
The Coyotes took the lead at that point at 51-50, but Ellicott went to the line with 1:53 left in the game and lifted the Broncos up by one by sinking both hit shots from the line.
Forcing the intentional foul with 35 seconds left, Ellicott went to the line and again sunk both shots to lift the Broncos to 54-51. Ellicott then fouled out of the match fighting for a rebound, but the Coyotes weren’t able to score again.
Harris led the way with another double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 boards. He also lead in steals with five and had the Broncos’ lone block. He was also perfect at the line, knocking down all four of this free throws.
Ellicott and Bartels rounded out double-digit scoring with 14 apiece. Ellicott was an impressive 10-of-12 from the free throw line and had six rebounds. Bartels had three steals and three rebounds also.
Other scorers for the Broncos were Steinke with four and Martin with three.
The Broncos were roughly 30 percent from the field but an impressive 68 percent from the line. The Coyotes were only one-of-15 from the line for a meager 6.67 percent.
The Broncos were outrebounded 53-36 in the game.
The 6-2 Broncos will host the 1-9 Hitchcock County Falcons this Friday in Wauneta. Girls jayvee action starts at 4 p.m. MT/5 p.m. CT due to a change in start times, followed by boys jayvee.
On Saturday, the Broncos head to 0-9 Southwest to take on the Roughriders. Action starts with jayvee girls at 3 p.m. MT/4 p.m. CT. Any changes to that schedule will be immediately posted to the Breeze Web site.