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Broncos give top seeded Leyton a scare, lose 37-42 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 17:03

Wes Anderjaska (10), Logan Bischoff (middle) and Hayden Pollmann (24) defend the Bronco basket.

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta-Palisade boys’ basketball team’s season wrapped up Thursday, March 7, with a trip to Lincoln for the boys’ state tournament.

Seeded eighth, the Broncos gave top seeded Leyton all it could handle before falling 37-42.

W-P played well defensively early, giving Leyton’s long-range shooters fits. The long arms of the Broncos blocked numerous Warrior attempts.

With only an early basket by Hayden Pollmann, the Broncos allowed Leyton to take a 6-2 lead. Wes Anderjaska and Logan Bischoff’s conventional three-point plays tied the game at 8-8, but Leyton hit a late three-pointer to give it the lead at the end of the half.

With both teams rotating players, the Broncos stayed within four points of the Warriors and took a 15-14 lead with 2:48 left in the second quarter. The Broncos got baskets from Bischoff, with a nice put back off an offensive rebound, Jack McGraw and a three-pointer by Anderjaska, but could only manage two Anderjaska free throws to close out the half. W-P headed into halftime down 17-18.

Coming out from the locker rooms, Leyton started hitting its jumpers. W-P got a basket from Connor Kayton and a three-pointer from Anderjaska, but the Warriors opened up its largest lead of the game, 30-22.

A second basket by Kayton kicked off a 7-3 run to finish the quarter. A free throw by Bischoff, another Kayton bucket and another nice offensive rebound put back by Bischoff kept the Broncos within in striking distance, 29-33, entering the fourth quarter.

Quick baskets by Kayton and Pollmann tied the game at 33 with just a minute gone in the fourth quarter. Leyton was fouled making a basket, but the team’s horrible foul shooting kept the Broncos in the game.

A driving basket by Anderjaska tied the game once more, but Leyton hit a bucket and then converted a conventional three-point play to take a five point lead, 40-35. Despite Leyton only making 3-12 free throws in the fourth quarter, the Broncos were never able to entirely erase the deficit. Sending Leyton to the line, W-P could only answer with one last Bischoff basket.

Anderjaska led W-P with 13 points. Bischoff finished with 10.

Sam Schumacher led Leyton with 20 points.

Leyton went on to lose to Spalding/Spalding Academy and Falls City Sacred Heart.