Over the holiday break, the Boyd Christian School Broncos competed in the DeKalb County Christmas tournament held in Smithville. Up for the Boyd Broncos on Monday afternoon was the heavily favored hometown team, the DeKalb County Tigers.
Boyd was not able to overcome the sharp-shooting Tigers from behind the arch and Boyd would be overtaken early on by the Tigers on their home floor and would be defeated by a final score of 69-37.
The Tigers pounced early with everything they could possibly throw at the Broncos. The Tigers would score 20 points in the first quarter and all but one of those shots were 3-pointers. That is 18 points from behind the arch for the Tigers.
The Bronco defense would be spread very thin trying to cover the entire floor. And with the offensive rebounding missing from the Bronco team, Monday night would be a long game with little in the way of highlights. Pushing the tempo was not the problem in the early going for Boyd. It would be getting the much-needed position under the basket. DeKalb County also had the ability to get the ball in low to the post and finish. If Boyd did get back in position to take away the post play, DeKalb County would turn to its dangerous 3-point game.
Tyler Beaty is a workhorse for Boyd and typically puts up big numbers, but the Tigers had made the necessary adjustments to keep Beaty at bay. Beaty would lead the first-half scoring for Boyd with nine points. Beaty would hit a shot to close the first half to beat the buzzer and go in the locker room with a little momentum. Rebounding and scoring points would have to come from somewhere if Boyd had a plan for a second-half comeback. The Tigers led at the half by a score of 38-26.
Boyd would come out and try to set up the offense and work the ball inside against the Tiger zone defense. Boyd would wind up turning its first possession over to the Tigers and they would run the floor, pull up and drop in another 3-pointer to start the third quarter forcing the Boyd coaches to call for time. The third quarter went downhill from there, the Broncos just could not find a rhythm against the Tiger defense.
Shots were not falling like they had in the previous meeting. Boyd could not find the range nor could the Broncos find the offensive rebounding. The Tigers were running away with the game driving the lanes and kicking it out to the wings. Rebounding was also huge for the Tigers. At the end of three it was all DeKalb County, 57-31.
The second half was low scoring for Boyd. An 11-point half just won’t do against a team like DeKalb County or perhaps too many others
The Boyd Broncos will return to action Jan. 3 at home versus Riverside Christian in Westwood.
BRONCOS SCORING - Tyler Judkins 11, Tyler Beaty 9, Edgar Morales 8, Colin Stubblefield 5, Robby Selig 2, Tyler Pomales 2
TIGERS TOP SCORERS - Issac Beck 22, Justin Bone 14, Aaron Haggard 12.