The Boyd Broncos wrapped up their regular season on the road last Friday night against Franklin Classical School. Boyd finished its regular season with an overall record of 9-13 and a Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference record of 7-5.
This year had its share of highs and lows for the Broncos. Head coach Lucas Majors started this season with an eight-player lineup. Over the course of a 22-game season, the Bronco roster has dwindled to six players.
The loss of the two players did hurt the team’s ability to substitute and rest players. Boyd’s endurance was tested and key players had to stay on the floor for lengthy amounts of time for much of the season.
Boyd took a huge hit in its first game of the season against Lighthouse Christian. The Lions rolled into Westwood and dominated the Broncos on both ends of the floor. The Broncos suffered an 88-37 loss at home and knew they had work to do.
Boyd responded with a win at Currey Ingram in the week that followed. Less than a week later Boyd suffered its second loss in just three games to the DeKalb County Tigers.
The Broncos stepped back and decided it was it was time to buckle down. Boyd went on a shooting spree and racked up five straight wins. Most notably were wins over Daniel-1 Academy, Franklin Christian Academy, and Riverside Christian Academy.
It took those first three games for Trey Cantrell and Tyler Beaty to find a rhythm on offense. The duo launched an all-out assault on most defenses from behind the arch or in the paint.
They received a huge boost from Isaiah Blanton early on before he exited the Bronco lineup. The loss of Blanton left a void in scoring and rebounding the Broncos desperately needed.
Down to a seven-man roster, the Broncos went on an eight-game skid from Dec. 21 and lasted throughout the Christmas Tournament in DeKalb County and ended Jan. 15 against Riverside Christian Academy.
It was an up-and-down ride for the final five games. Jaden Reno picked up some of the slack on the inside for Boyd. Ethan Phillips and Blaine Wilson got more time on the floor and helped get the ball up the floor after the loss of Blanton.
Tyler Pomales left the lineup with only a few game remaining and put even more pressure on the already thin Bronco lineup.
Beaty and Cantrell supplied most of the offense but were unable to rest many of the games. The two combined for 704 points of the over 1,200 points for the Broncos on the season.
The MTAC tournament gets under way for the Broncos Feb. 23 versus TN Heat at Boyd Christian School. Game time is set for 6 p.m. A win Tuesday will send the Broncos to Western Kentucky on Thursday.