The Boyd Christian Broncos left the starting gate in a hurry Tuesday night versus the DeKalb County Tigers. The Tiger offense was caged 35-31 and trailed the sharp-shooting Broncos at the half.
In the second half, DeKalb County’s offense escaped and quickly claimed the lead. Once the Tigers pounced on their prey, they never looked back and defeated the Broncos, 68-54.
Tyler Beaty from Boyd and Marshal Evins from DeKalb County shared game-high scoring honors with 24 points each.
Beaty did most of his damage in the first half when he connected on three deep 3-pointers. Evins did the majority of his work in the second half and he hit from distance twice and shot 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.
Out of the locker room to start the third quarter, the Tiger defense showed its claws to the Bronco offense. DeKalb County looked refreshed in the third due to depth from its bench while Boyd is down to a seven-man roster.
Boyd lost its range and struggled to get decent looks around the quicker Tiger defense. Shots slightly off target fell into the hands of the Tigers.
Trey Cantrell and Beaty combined for the third-quarter scoring. Beaty was fed underneath and made a strong move to the basket. He got the contact and the whistle. The shot dropped and Beaty completed a three-point play.
Cantrell gave the ball up in the front court and made a move through the DeKalb County defense. The ball was passed back to Cantrell for his only basket of the quarter.
The Tigers were poised in the third quarter and outscored Boyd 15-5. The offense was led by Evins, Austin Johnson, and Tanner Poss. At the end of three, DeKalb County captured the lead and went ahead 46-40.
The Bronco offense was back on track in the fourth. The same could not be said for the defense. Cantrell took aim and hit from behind the arch early in the quarter. Tyler Pomales also hit his third 3-point shot of the game.
With the main focus on offense for Boyd, it did not leave much left for the defense. DeKalb County controlled the pace and used the depth on its bench to its favor. Fresh legs were kept on the floor and the Bronco defense faded.
Evins took control on offense for the Tigers. He hit outside the arch, inside the arch, and he shot 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. Poss added six for DeKalb County before time expired and the Tigers defeated the Broncos by a final score of 68-54.
The Broncos will be back in action at home Jan. 12 versus Providence. The boys game will follow the Lady Broncos game scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.
TIGER SCORING – Marshal Evins 24, Tanner Poss 18, Gentry Harpole 11, Austin Johnson 6, Trey Jones 4, Colter Norris 3, Noah Parsley 2
BRONCO SCORING – Tyler Beaty 24, Trey Cantrell 13, Tyler Pomales 9, Jaden Reno 4, Ethan Phillips 2, Blane Elkins 2