The Boyd Broncos did not receive any favors from Santa on Monday during the DeKalb County Christmas Tournament. The Bulldogs from Red Boiling Springs kept the Broncos roped and gave the Boyd offense fits.
Boyd was out of sync from the start and the Bulldog offense attacked Boyd from all sides. Red Boiling Springs defeated Boyd, 59-41.
Chance Asberry from Red Boiling Springs led all scorers with 23 points. Asberry got it done from everywhere on the floor and the Boyd defense didn’t have an answer for slowing him down.
Tyler Beaty led the Broncos with 13 points.
Red Boiling Springs took advantage of a couple of unfortunate events. Everything went right for the Bulldogs offense in the first quarter. Red Boiling Springs jumped out to an early 7-2 lead and only a couple of minutes into the game Beaty was caught under the chin and had to leave the game.
Just moments later Trey Cantrell collided with a Bulldog player and he was forced to leave the floor for Boyd. Both players would return later in the game.
Jorden Powell got started on the right foot and he hit Boyd for seven, first-quarter points. When the defense collapsed, the ball was kicked outside and Asberry connected on his first of three 3-point shots over the Boyd defense.
Jayden Reno took it upon himself to get the ball to the rim and he attacked the Bulldog defense. It was a daunting task and Reno found himself at the free-throw line for his efforts. He shot 3-of-6 with two of his teammates on the sidelines. Ethan Phillips also worked his way to the free-throw line and he knocked down both of his attempts. Boyd trailed 16-5 at the end of one with two starters on the bench.
Beaty reentered the game in the second quarter and he immediately made his presence known. He went on the attack and his efforts on the offensive boards helped him net nine points in the second quarter. A highlight for Beaty came when he was hit on his way to the basket and somehow muscled it up for the and-1. Beaty connected on his only free throw attempt of the second.
Reno continued on his pursuit to get the ball in close. He slipped behind the defense on two separate occasions and he added five points for Boyd in the second just before the half. Reno hit 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. The offense was back for Boyd in the second quarter but the defense was MIA and Boyd went into the half down 32-20.
The Bulldogs opened the second half on the run and the Boyd offense could not buy a shot in the opening minutes, even with Cantrell back on the floor. Tyler Pomales slipped out away from the Bulldog defense. He squared up to the basket and let it fly. Pomales hit two 3-pointers over the Bulldog defense.
The Bulldog defense closed in on Beaty and limited him to just two points off a pair of free throws.
On offense, the Bulldogs remained in control and the third quarter was no different. Red Boiling Springs pushed the tempo and got out ahead of the Bronco defense. Asberry buried his third 3-pointer of the game. Elijah Byfield hit a pair of shots underneath the basket as the Bronco defense was forced to play back due to foul trouble. Wesley Fleming added his only three points for Red Boiling Springs in the third quarter.
Down the stretch, the Bulldogs shot 8-of-11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. All the Bulldogs needed to do was to keep up with Boyd. The lead was not in jeopardy as the Broncos finished the game with an 11-point fourth quarter effort.
Two early injuries allowed the Bulldogs to take an early and the lead lasted throughout the four-quarter contest. Red Boiling Springs defeated Boyd Christian, 59-41.
BULLDOG SCORING – Chance Asberry 23, Elijah Bond 13, Jorden Powell 11, Hunter Kirk 5, Wesley Flemming 3, Justin Bergdorff 2, Josh Trojan 2
BRONCO SCORING – Tyler Beaty 13, Jayden Reno 12, Tyler Pomales 6, Trey Cantrell 5, Blaine Wilson 3, Ethan Phillips 2