BROKEN BOW -- The Broken Bow boys basketball team won their third game and second straight against Centura last Friday night.
Defense and rebounding was the theme through the first three quarters. The Indians then found some offensive momentum in the fourth quarter scoring 16 points while holding to Centura to 9.
The Indians seemed to be increasing the lead over Centura until a technical foul was called on Broken Bow that allowed Centura to get within two points and gave them the ball for a chance to tie the game. The Indians tightened up on defense and pulled down the rebound then worked the ball down the floor getting a drive and two points from a Marc Sleicher layup to increase the lead back to four.
Centura scored on the ensuing possession cutting the lead back to two and called a time out with nearly a minute to play.
After the teams returned to the floor, Broken Bow’s Nathan Scott threw a long inbound pass to Tanner Johnson who released from the defender and received the ball in stride for an easy layup to seal the Indian’s third win.
“We struggled against their zone a little at times but finally hit our stride in the second half and especially in the fourth quarter,” said Broken Bow head coach Zane Harvey.
“I was extremely pleased with how our defense played,” said Harvey. “We held who we considered their best player to six points and limited any other options they had.”
Nathan Scott led the Indians with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Also scoring for the Indians were Tanner Johnson with 8 points, Marc Sleicher 7, Tyler Kozisek 7, Justin McCullough 2, Michael Scott 2 and Nate Hanson 2.
Saturday night the Indians traveled to Hershey and fell behind early in the first half. The Panthers outscored the Indians 18-9 in the first quarter the 21-13 in the second quarter for a 39-22 halftime lead.
The Panthers lead grew to 25 points at the end of the third quarter before the Indians were able to score 18 in the final quarter. Unfortunately, the Indians allowed Hershey 15 fourth quarter points and were unable to narrow the large deficit.
“We really struggled matching up with Jordan Hiatt and the rest of the Hershey team shot the ball well also,” said Harvey. “Hershey also dominated the paint with points and rebounds which is something we are not accustomed too.”
“I was happy with how we continued to compete and at least we still won the fourth quarter,” said Harvey. “This is a team we expect to see again in sub-districts, so now we know that we have our work cut out for us to be better the next time we play.”
Sleicher led the Indians in scoring with 13 points followed by Kozisek with 10, Johnson 7, N. Scott 7, Hanson 6, M. Scott 3 and Michael Coleman 3.
The Broken Bow girls basketball team continues to search for answers that may lead to their third win. They may see a win in the near future as they concluded the strongest part of their schedule this past weekend.
Friday night, the Lady Indians allowed Centura to score 16 points in three of four quarters, the remaining quarter Centura scored 18 points. The Indians, on the other hand, struggled to get the ball through the basket as they scored 13 points in the first half and 19 in the second. The 66-32 loss was the Lady Indians tenth of the season and sixth straight.
Gabe Minnick led the Lady Indians in scoring with 12 points followed by Michaela Geiser with 6, Katie Loughran 5, Brittany Leverington 2, Taylor Pearson 2, Halie Jones 2, Kelsie Myers 2 and Tressa Ripp 1.
Saturday night in Hershey, the Lady Indians were outscored in all four quarters resulting in a 55-26 loss.
Minnick, again, led the Lady Indians in scoring with 9 points. She was followed by Geiser with 6, Jones 4, Pearson 3, Leverington 2 and Megan Peterson 2.
“Against Centura, we shot well from behind the arc,” said Broken Bow head coach Brynn Jobman. “Inside the arc we didn’t get many opportunities to shoot and that hurt us.”
“We need to continue working on the offensive end and take more shots in a game and run through our offensive sets, said Jobman.