Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Broncos Lockney Tournament Champs

By Sandy Anderberg

The Clarendon Broncos remain undefeated at 12-0 with their recent championship over Lockney in the Lockney Tournament December 15-17. The Broncos played the host team in the championship game and came home with the 72-54 win and first place trophy.

The Broncos were named Tournament Champions during the Lockney Tournament held this weekend. Pictured with the trophy are trainers Zoe Adams, Giselle Mellado, Faith Keelin, and Bronco players Keandre Cortez, Jacob Jeffers, Bryce Grahn, Damarja Cortez, Cameron Smith, Colt Wood, Marshal Johnson, Chance Lockhart, and Head Coach Brandt Lockhart. The boys will travel to Bridgeport after the Christmas holidays to participate in a tournament. Courtesy photo / Cheryl Johnson

After trailing by three after the first eight minutes, the Broncos turned up the heat and scored 27 points to only 11 for their opponent. However, Lockney was able to come back somewhat after break, which caused the Broncos to turn up the heat in the final quarter of the game to get the win.

Keandre Cortez led the Broncos with 18, Chance Lockhart put in 15, Bryce Grahn had 14, and Marshal Johnson added 11. Bear Smith put in seven, Colt Wood had five, and Jacob Jeffers helped with two. Johnson and Grahn had seven rebounds each, and Wood had six assists. Lockhart and Grahn helped with four assists each. Grahn had four steals and Cortez had thee.

The Broncos got to the championship round by defeating Tahoka in the first round of play at 84-40. They were able to handle Tahoka completely and never allowed them to be a part of the game.

Six Broncos finished in double figures with Johnson leading the way with 20. Lockhart put in 15 and Grahn added 14. Smith each had 11 and Wood and Jeffers each finished with 10, and K. Cortez helped with four. Johnson finished with 12 rebounds giving him a double-double and Grahn and Smith each had eight. Grahn helped with 11 assists and Wood had seven. Grahn also had eight steals with K. Cortez getting four.

The Broncos went up against the Lubbock Titans in the second round and breezed by them, 78-38. Great defensive play propelled the Broncos to the win and allowed them to coast offensively.

Lockhart put in 17, Smith 16, Johnson 12, and Grahn 10. K. Cortez had nine and Damarjae Cortez helped with seven. Once again Johnson grabbed 12 rebounds and Grahn had eight. Wood and D. Cortez each had four assists, and Grahn and K. Cortez had eight and five steals respectively.

The Broncos will participate in the Bridgeport Holiday Tournament December 29-30.

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