The Belmond-Klemme boys basketball team had a promising start to the 2023 portion of the season. The boys faced off against West Hancock Jan. 5 in Belmond after the game was postponed for two days due to weather.

  Ty Franklin scored the first five points for the Broncos, and B-K was ahead 5-3 with only 90 seconds gone in the game. Bradan Gabrielson followed up with a three-pointer to put the Broncos back on top, 7-5. Franklin’s second three-pointer came with just over three minutes left in the first period. But repeated turnovers allowed the Eagles to catch the home team and surge to a 20-10 lead by the time the quarter ended.

  B-K was able to score only four points – a three-pointer by Brody Kern and a free throw by Franklin – in the second period. The Broncos trailed 36-14 at the break.

  A steal and a lay-up by Gabrielson started the scoring for B-K in the second half. Franklin poured in six points and Brian Duran added two points during the third period. The Broncos were not able to stop the Eagles, and trailed 50-24 at the start of the final quarter.

  Jackson Belstene scored the first points in the fourth. Franklin added five points to the scoreboard while Zander McLemore rounded out the scoring for the Broncos.

  The final score was WH 67, B-K 33.

   The Broncos faced a Top of Iowa - East conference opponent, Osage, at Belmond Jan. 7.

  Jackson Belstene put the Broncos on the scoreboard with a two-pointer early in the game. Brian Duran hit a basket, but could not sink the free throw, to make the score, 8-4 in favor of the Green Devils. Tyreon Franklin hit back-to-back buckets, followed by a Braden Gabrielson score to pull B-K within three, 13-10. Brody Kern hit a three-pointed with one minute left in the first quarter, and the game was tied 13-13 as time expired.

  Another Bronco three-pointer, this time from Franklin, put the home team in the lead 16-15. Franklin hit a two-pointer and scored on a technical foul to re-tie the score at 19 each. The Broncos only scored two more times – Mitchell Fahrmann and Franklin each hitting a two-pointer – and the Broncos trailed 31-23 at halftime.

  The Green Devils ran away with game in the third period. The visitors scored 17 points while the Broncos only had two baskets by Fahrmann and one from Gabrielson. The Broncos were behind 48-29 heading into the final period.

  B-K was able to bounce back, scoring 19 in the fourth quarter. The highlights included three-pointers by Duran and Brody Paulsen. The Broncos lost 67-46.