by Jodi Turner
The Belmond-Klemme boys basketball team hosted the Warriors from North Union Dec. 17.
Triston Yoder was the first Bronco to score with a three-pointer. Jordan Meyer followed with a steal and lay-up to give the Broncos an 8-1 lead. Yoder continued to have a big quarter, taking the ball in for two lay-ups as the Broncos jumped to a 12-3 lead. B-K took advantage of Warrior mistakes as Juan Gomez scored quickly, as did Dylan Anderson, to give the home team a big lead, 16-11, at the end of the first quarter.
Kaleb Carlson started the second period with a three-pointer, but the Warriors fought back. Meyer added six points to pull B-K further ahead, 29-16. A pass from Carson Lane to Anderson on a back door cut gave the Broncos a 17-point lead at halftime.
Yoder hit another three-pointer to start the second half. The Broncos continued to have outstanding defense, as Meyer racked up two steals that allowed Lane and Yoder to score again. The third quarter ended with B-K leading 52-24.
In the fourth, Lane came down with three rebounds as the Bronco defense was the highlight of the night. Meyer hit jump shot after jump shot as he finished with 22 points. The Broncos took the conference victory, 64-42.
The last basketball game of 2019 took place in Buffalo Center against North Iowa Dec. 20.
The Broncos jumped to an early lead, thanks to a lay-up by Jordan Meyer before the Bison tied the game. The back-and-forth game made for great excitement. Triston Yoder and Kaleb Carlson used their size advantage against the shorter NI team, scoring six points to make the game 14-14. A Bison run before the quarter ended gave NI the lead, 21-14.
In the second quarter Carlson and Dylan Anderson continued to drive to the basket as the Broncos went on a 10-2 run. But, the Bison held onto the lead, 24-23, before the Broncos scored nine points heading into the half to take over the lead, 32-27.
In the third quarter Yoder would find his way to the basket, followed by a steal by Meyer and two more points by Carlson. The Bronco defense took advantage of any mistakes made by the Bison, resulting in steals by Carlson and Meyer. B-K held the lead, 44-41, heading into the final quarter.
The Bison were not ready to go home empty-handed, though, as big three-point shooting and quick transitions took the game into three overtimes. The Broncos had a 56-52 lead, thanks to Lane, Meyer and Carlson, but NI tied the game with only .11 seconds left, sending the game to its first OT.
In the first overtime, Carlson scored on a backdoor pass to give B-K the early lead 58-56. But the Bison pulled ahead 61-60. Yoder headed to the free throw line, hitting one of two shots. A steal by the Broncos and quick basket by Anderson tied the game at 63-63 right before the buzzer rang out.
In overtime number two, the Bison hit a three-pointer, but Carlson was quick to answer with two lay-ups. Down by three points, Meyer hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 70. NI once again pulled ahead before Anderson was fouled, sending the senior post to the line. Anderson hit both free throws, followed by a two-pointer by Meyer. The back-and-forth action got both crowds on their feet as the excitement filled the gym. Down by two points, B-K needed a steal and Anderson delivered with a big take away and a basket to tie the game with .06 second left, 79-79.
In the third overtime, NI’s three-point shooters were on, pulling ahead early. The Broncos had a chance, however. Meyer was fouled and drained both free throws. But B-K was forced to foul late, sending the Bisons’ nearly perfect free throw shooter to the line. the Broncos trailed 85-83. B-K hit one more free throw before the Bison ultimately prevailed 87-84.