by Jodi Turner

  The Belmond-Klemme boys basketball team started off the week in Forest City Jan. 19.

  The Indians jumped to an early 2-0 lead before Kaleb Carlson had a two-point basket. Tough defense kept the Broncos from scoring more in the first quarter, and the Indians led 10-2.

  In the second quarter, a good pass by Carson Lane to Carlson under the basket gave the Broncos two more points. Carlson followed up with an offensive rebound and lay-up as the Broncos trailed 28-6 at the half.

  Jordan Meyer’s jump shot in the lane added to the scoring at the start of the third quarter. The Broncos played a better second half with good defense and faster transitions. Lane had his first points off a fast break, that was followed by a three-pointer by Alex Bartz. Three-point shooting did not stop for the Broncos, as Bartz hit another one off a pass by Meyer. The Broncos trailed 45-20. As the third quarter was coming to a close, Carlson had his own three-pointer. The scoreboard read FC 48 - B-K 25.

  The senior-led offense continued to battle throughout the game. Rebounding was a positive stat for the Broncos – the team had 31 rebounds. Juan Gomez had back-to-back three-pointers in the fourth quarter, followed by a steal and basket by Carlson, giving the senior a total of 15 points. The Broncos took the tough loss, 63-40, but put up a good fight until the end.

  The Broncos finished off the week in Garner Jan. 22 to play the Cardinals.

  The Broncos started off strong with a pass by Carson Lane to Kaleb Carlson to tie the game 2-2. B-K pulled ahead with a steal and drive by Lane. The Broncos took advantage of all the early Garner-Hayfield-Ventura mistakes. Jordan Meyer drove into the lane, was fouled, and hit 1-2 at the free throw line. The Broncos led 7-5. But the Cardinals came back to overtake the Broncos, and the period ended with B-K trailing 12-7.

  In the second quarter, Alex Bartz hit a three-pointer giving motivation to the Broncos. Tough defense and fast-paced offense from both teams made for an exciting match-up. Triston Yoder had a great night, as the Cardinals were unable to stop the strong senior. Yoder scored back-to-back-to-back points, pulling the Broncos within four, 26-22. With less than a minute left in the first half, Lane drove to the basket, was fouled, and made both of his free throws. A buzzer beating two-point basket by Bartz allowed the Broncos to come back within two, 29-27, going to the locker room.

  The Broncos continued to battle against the tough Cardinals with great shooting. Bartz hit a three-pointer to start the half, but GHV went on an eight-point run as B-K fell behind 38-30. The visitors found it challenging to get back into the groove they had in the first half. The third quarter ended with B-K trailing 47-34.

  The Cardinals pulled further and further ahead, but the Broncos added a few more points before the game ended. Meyer hit a jumper in the lane and Carlson added four more points, as the Broncos lost 62-40.