They weren’t the college Hilltoppers, but the Western Kentucky team still gave Boyd an advanced education in basketball.
The Trailblazers blew out the Broncos 77-46 at J.K. Stanley Gymnasium, quickly ending any hope Boyd had for making a deep run in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference tournament.
Jack Tinsley scored 22 points and Ben Kirkpatrick added 17 as Western Kentucky led nearly wire-to-wire against the Broncos. The Trailblazers built a 31-24 lead by halftime, then led by double figures for the majority of the second half.
Boyd got a spirited effort from a trio of seniors playing their last game at home, but not enough to top one of the top teams in the MTAC. Jayden Reno scored 20 points for the Broncos, while Josh Argo added 14 and Tyler Pomales finished with 11.
The trio combined for all but one point for Boyd. Bryson Stiles split a pair of fourth-quarter free throws for his only point.
The Broncos dug an early hole in the first quarter, but Reno helped them claw back into the game with seven points in the second quarter. His three-point play in the final minute gave Boyd some momentum going into halftime.
Tinsley extinguished the run from the start of the second half. He began with a 3-pointer, then drove for a layup. Tinsley polished off the Broncos in the fourth quarter, getting seven quick points as the Blazers continued to press full court until the end.
The loss dropped the Broncos to 10-17 this year, the first losing season for the Boyd boys since switching from TSSAA to MTAC in 2011.