|Broncos fall to Wallace, nipped by Brady to start season|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 21:04|
Tom McGraw attempts to pull down a rebound between three Wallace players. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
The Wauneta-Palisade Broncos started the season last week with losses to Wallace and Brady.
Wildcats too much in opener
Wallace, mentioned in the Lincoln Journal Star as a team to watch, took control early in the game against W-P.
Landon Jutten gave the Broncos an early 2-1 lead, but the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run that was broken by a basket by Hayden Pollmann. W-P’s only other basket of the quarter came off some nice passing between Pollmann, Lorenzo Cavanaugh and Tom McGraw, with McGraw earning the basket.
Trailing 6-13 to start the second quarter, W-P got a three-pointer by Wes Anderjaska and another bucket by Pollmann. The Broncos were unable to slow the Wildcats, falling behind 11-25, before Wes Anderjaska hit a bucket.
Free throws by Pollmann and Cavanaugh plus a two-pointer by Jutten rounded out scoring in the first half. Wallace led at halftime 36-17.
A hook shot by Pollmann got the W-P offense going at the six minute mark of the third quarter. The Broncos only made one more basket in the quarter, by McGraw, and added a free throw by Brody Nordhausen to trail 22-46 heading into the fourth quarter.
After a free throw by McGraw, Chase Rathe heated up, hitting two three-pointers over three W-P possessions. Rathe added two free throws after being fouled while driving to the basket and made two more after a technical foul. Rathe’s assist to Tyler Davis rounded out scoring in the contest, with Wallace on top 60-35.
Broncos compete hard
WP showed heart Saturday.Despite falling behind to Brady 18-27 at half time the Broncos fought back in the second half only to lose 40-43.
Brady opened up a 14-9 lead in the first quarter behind eight points from Troy Lusk. Lusk hit four three pointers in the first half.
Anderjaska scored WP’s first five points, making a three-pointer and a two-pointer. McGraw and Pollmann each added a basket for the Broncos.
Cavanaugh hit a three-pointer in the second quarter, while Paul Behrends, Jutten and Rathe added two points apiece. The Broncos once again put nine points on the board and headed into half time down 18-27.
WP responded coming out from the locker room. Anderjaksa made two more three-pointers and Cavanaugh hit his second. With Rathe making two two-point buckets and Cavanaugh one, the Broncos were able to cut the Eagles’ lead to 33-36.
Each team scored seven points in the fourth quarter. WP got its points on baskets by Anderjaska, Pollmann and Rathe, with one free throw by Pollmann.
Brady got its points at the free throw line, making five-of-14 in the quarter, good enough to hold on for the win.
Anderjaska led the Broncos with 13 points. Cavanaugh and Rathe added eight points each.
Lusk led Brady with 16 points, including three three-pointers.
Coach Dave Kuhlen says he feels his team can compete with everyone on the WP schedule.
The Broncos will travel to Cambridge Friday and host one of the best teams on its schedule, Southern Valley, Saturday.