by Jodi Turner
The Belmond-Klemme boys basketball team travelled to Algona Jan. 14 to face one of the top teams in the Top of Iowa - West, Algona Garrigan.
AG jumped to a 6-0 lead before Juan Gomez scored the first points for the Broncos. Carson Lane’s rebound and drive to the basket doubled the Bronco points, 12-4. Turnovers hurt the Broncos in the first quarter as the Golden Bears led 21-6.
In the second period, a backdoor cut by Gomez found Jordan Meyer for a quick two points. Lane played good defense with a steal and assist to Meyer to make the score 23-10. The Golden Bears went on a 14-5 run before the half and the Broncos headed to the locker room down 39-17.
In the second half Gomez and Meyer each added a quick two points. Big rebounding by Dylan Anderson helped the Broncos with second chances. As the third quarter ended, Jaace Weideman and Meyer would each take jump shots to push the score to 57-25.
The Broncos continued to persevere and play tough defense in the final period. The Golden Bears still played a good game on the offensive side, taking the win 75-40.
B-K hosted Lake Mills Jan. 16 in a game that was moved up one day due to blizzard forecasts.
The Broncos started strong with a 6-2 lead. Carson Lane, Triston Yoder and Jordan Meyer all had two-point baskets to start the game. The Bulldogs struggled with the Broncos’ tough defense and productive offense. B-K held onto the lead, 13-11, at the end of the first quarter.
Jaace Weideman sank a two-pointer followed by Juan Gomez hitting both his free throws as B-K stayed up 17-16. However, LM got into a groove and took over, 21-17 in the second quarter. Before the buzzer sounded, Lane had a nice drive into the lane and hit a jump shot. The Broncos trailed 29-23.
In the second half, the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run before Gomez hit a two-pointer. The Broncos played good defense, but the Bulldogs continued to take advantage of any mistake, jumping ahead 45-31.
Yoder added two points in the fourth quarter and followed up by hitting both free throws to make the score 51-35. But the Broncos energy in the first half didn’t carry over in the second half and the Broncos took the tough loss, 64-39.