by Jodi Turner
The Belmond-Klemme boys basketball team finished off the regular season with two road games, starting in Forest City Feb. 8.
B-K was the first team to score on a two-point basket by Kaleb Carlson. FC quickly answered back. Triston Yoder had back-to-back two-pointers, giving B-K a 6-5 advantage. Yoder continued to have a great first quarter – hitting his first three-pointer, then seconds later, hitting a deep three-pointer to tie the game 12-12. The Indians pulled ahead by 18-14 to end the first period.
In the second quarter, Juan Gomez’s offensive rebound and lay-up was followed by Carson Lane’s two-point basket as B-K battled back into the game, trailing 24-18. The Broncos’ tough defense held the Indians from quick transitions and baskets as the Indians kept the lead 36-22.
In the second half, Carlson found the basket early hitting six points in the third quarter. With time running out, Tate Sander drove the lane, was fouled, and hit both free throws. B-K trailed 47-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
Lane added three assists, finding Meyer, Alex Bartz and Carlson, to give B-K another seven points. FC held off the Broncos, claiming the victory 60-47.
Lane led the team with six assists, and added six points. Carlson led the team with 13 points and five rebounds, with Yoder adding 11 points.
The last regular season basketball game was played Feb. 11 in Lake Mills.
Triston Yoder started the game off with a reverse lay-up to give the Broncos the 2-0 lead. LM was quick to answer back, pulling ahead 7-2. Carson Lane’s steal and lay-up was followed by a three-pointer by Alex Bartz. Lane did his part, adding four more points before the quarter ended with the Broncos trailing 21-11.
In the second quarter, the Broncos had tough defense, and the offense took advantage of open shots under the basket. Lane’s pass to Kaleb Carlson gave B-K a quick two points. Yoder, Carlson and Lane each added points as the Broncos trailed 30-19. With seconds running down, Bartz hit a buzzer- beating three-pointer as B-K headed to the locker room on a high note.
LM took over the game in the second half, reminding everyone why they were 15-0 in the conference. A 12-2 run by the Bulldogs made it difficult for the Broncos to get into a groove. Lane found Carlson again for a two-point basket, but the Bulldogs held the lead, 60-30.
The boys continued to play their hearts out, giving the fans a positive finish. Jordan Meyer was 1-2 at the free throw line, and Carlson drove to the lane, adding another two points. A great offensive rebound and jumper by Meyer continued to give the Broncos positives heading into post-season play. The Bulldogs won 67-37 to remain undefeated in the conference.