by Jodi Turner
The Belmond-Klemme boys basketball team went 4-0 with three conference wins.
The Broncos started the week hosting North Union Jan. 26. The Broncos were the first to score – a two-point basket and free throw by Kaleb Carlson put B-K up 3-0. The Bronco offense was “lights out” in the first quarter. Carson Lane, Triston Yoder and Alex Bartz each scored baskets to give the Broncos a 10-8 advantage before NU went on an eight point run. The Warrior overtook the Broncos 16-10 by the end of the first quarter.
Bartz and Jordan Meyer hit three-pointers to pull within one point at the start of the second period. The Broncos tied the game at 22 with another Bartz three-pointer. The Warriors jumped ahead 27-22 before Carlson’s offensive rebound and basket to pull Bk within three points.
In the third quarter, the Warriors maintained their lead, but the B-K stayed close. Carlson had a long pass to Lane on the three-point line, followed by a two-pointer by Carlson had B-K trailing 31-29. NU seemed to answer every point the Broncos put up. Meyer scored on two more three-pointers before the third quarter ended as B-K trailed 44-38.
The fourth quarter was all about the Broncos. The period started off with great defense by Carlson and Juan Gomez (who had a combined 19 rebounds). Gomez scored first, followed by Carlson, to tie the game, 44-44. Triston Yoder hit a clutch two-point basket, followed by Lane’s back-to-back baskets as B-K grabbed the lead 52-49. The Warriors, with less than a minute left, hit a deep three-pointer that tied the game. Lane was fouled twice and made all four free throw to give the Broncos the 58-55 lead with seconds left. As the Broncos worked hard on defense, a Warrior tossed up the deep three-pointer that tied the game, sending it to overtime.
The Broncos dominated the overtime period, not allowing the Warriors to score. Lane and Carlson scored to close out the win 68-58.
The Broncos welcomed the AGWSR to Luick Memorial Gymnasium Jan. 28.
Jordan Meyer started the night with a long three-pointer and two-pointer for a 5-0 lead. Meyer continued to dominate offensively and the Broncos led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.
The Cougars answered back quickly, overtaking the Broncos 11-10 to start the second quarter. Meyer helped B-K take back the lead with his third three-pointer, followed up by an offensive rebound and put back to lead 17-13. The defense had 12 rebounds as the Broncos closed out the half ahead 21-18.
Meyer continued to hit from beyond the arc, as his fourth three-pointer started the third quarter. Carson Lane had a defensive rebound and took the ball to the basket for another two points. The Bronco offense was solid for the remainder of the game with scores coming from Triston Yoder, Juan Gomez and Kaleb Carlson. As the third quarter was coming to an end, Tate Sander hit a three-pointer, and the Broncos led 42-27.
B-K added another ten points by Bartz, Carlson, Yoder and Meyer as the Broncos claimed their second victory of the week, 52-33.
The boys traveled to Buffalo Center Jan. 29 for a rematch against the Bison.
North Iowa had won the first match-up and came ready to play on their home court, but the Broncos had different plans. Kaleb Carlson scored the first points, and the Broncos never looked back. Triston Yoder and Juan Gomez added four points as the Broncos led 8-2. B-K’s defense was outstanding with great rebounding by Yoder and Carlson. With the first quarter coming to an end, Alex Bartz hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to make the score 17-6.
A pass by Tate Sander to Carlson added another two points at the start of the second quarter. Carson Lane had a great night with an assist to Bartz on his second three-pointer. B-K stayed ahead 26-11. Lane continued to dominate with assists as his passes to Brain Duran, Carlson and Yoder added two-point baskets to B-K’s lead. The Broncos ended the first half ahead 39-25.
In the third quarter, Yoder had a quick lay-up, followed by Lane scoring with a drive to the left side. Lane continued to find his teammates with assists, and added six points for himself before the quarter came to an end. B-K was up 54-41.
But the Bison would make the fourth quarter interesting. As Gomez and Yoder added four more points, NI went on a 12-point run to come back within two, 58-56. A deep three-pointer by Bartz helped the Broncos get back into rhythm. Lane took advantage with quick transitions, scoring four points. With just under a minute left, Lane headed to the free throw line four times, went a perfect 4-4, and clinched the win 71-65.
The Broncos ended the busy week hosting Eagle Grove Jan. 30.
The Eagles jumped to an early 3-0 lead before Jordan Meyer hit a three-pointer to tie the game. The offensive side of the Bronco game was the highlight of the afternoon. Juan Gomez had outstanding defense with two steals in the first quarter. The senior also hit the three-pointer that put B-K up 9-5. The Broncos didn’t allow the Eagles many second chances to score off missed shots. Kaleb Carlson had ten rebounds and four points in the first period as B-K was up 15-7 as the quarter came to an end.
In the second quarter, Brian Duran drove to the basket twice, drawing fouls both time, and sank all four free throws. B-K was ahead 23-13 to end the first half.
A pass by Carson Lane to Carlson for a quick two points extended the Bronco lead at the start of the second half. Carlson and Lane continued to add points with Lane hitting a three-pointer and Carlson scoring nine in the third quarter. B-K led 35-19.
The Bronco defense was key in the fourth quarter, holding the Eagles to no points until the last few minutes of the game. Meyer and Carlson continue to find the basket, and the Broncos won 47-27.