Determination lifts Broncos to Area win
By Sandy Anderberg
The Clarendon Broncos are moving on and their latest win over Memphis last Friday was proof that they want to go the distance.
The Broncos stayed solid throughout and held off Memphis’ last-ditch effort to make good on a shot at the buzzer. The Broncos won the game 43-42.
In the intense Region 1 1-A thriller, the Broncos trailed by two points after the first eight minutes, but only one at the break. The game went back and forth until the end with neither team getting comfortable on the scoreboard.
Defense was the key in the low-scoring game, but the Broncos know they need to shoot better. Seniors Cole Ward and Adam Topper led the Broncos on the scoreboard finishing in double figures.
“We played hard and really got after it,” coach Brandt Lockhart said. “Both teams knew each other really well and it was a tough game. We were able to make stops when we needed them, but we missed some free throws down the stretch.”
Scoring: Ward 15, Topper 13, Trajen Johnson 7, Diego Santos 4, Cody Wood 3, and Charles Mason 1.
The Broncos will play Stratford in the next round, which, according to Lockhart, is a fairly good team.
“They have a big guy inside and two guards that are decent,” Lockhart said. “But we have a good shot to win.”
Earlier in the week, the Broncos knocked off Booker at Frank Phillips College to secure their Bi-District win at 61-48.
The Broncos had a huge third quarter surge, which allowed them to find a rhythm defensively.
“The big key was our defense in the third quarter,” Lockhart said. “We were able to get stops and turn them into fast break points. We outscored them 19-2 in the third. I was very proud of our effort and executing our halftime adjustments.”
Scoring: Santos 17, Wood 12, Ward 12, Johnson 8, Topper 7, Mason 3, and Jonah Sell 2.