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Broncos break even at NACA tourney
Boyd Christian High School seniors, honored earlier this year, made it to the nationals last week but fell just short of the championship. Playing their last game as a Bronco are, from left, Blaine Wilson, Trey Cantrell, Tyler Beaty and Joelah Solomon.

The Boyd Broncos traveled to Dayton last week to try and earn their second NACA national championship in three years. Two years ago, four of these Broncos were members of Boyd’s 2015 NACA Division 6 National Championship team. Three of this year’s seniors hoped to hang a second banner before retiring their Boyd-orange, high-top sneakers for the last time.
The dream of a second banner would not be realized however, as in the tournament opener Boyd matched up with the Disciples of Louisiana Christian High School from Breaux Bridge. Despite getting behind early the Broncos were able to claw their way back into the contest, and tie the game at 67-67 with just seconds left in regulation.
However the Disciples must have had divine intervention as they were able to connect on a 3-pointer with :01 left to escape with a 70-67 victory over the Broncos.
As no good deed goes unpunished, the Broncos were elevated to Division 5 this year despite their smaller enrollment due to their outstanding season record of 27-6 and doing so against a very respectable strength of schedule, including five TSSAA schools.
These Broncos however didn’t feel disadvantaged in any way against their competition as all four of their games literally came down to last possessions to determine the winners.
Next up for the Broncos were the Royals of Oak Hill Christian High School from Janesville, Wisconsin. Not deterred by the previous day’s last-second loss to Louisiana, the Broncos were able to come all the way back from a 20-point deficit to tie the game at 70 and send the contest into OT. During the extra period the Broncos would outscore the Royals 13-5 for a 83-75 final score and Boyd’s first win of this year’s tournament.
Friday morning, the Broncos would lose by 7 points to the Stingrays of Lighthouse Private Christian High School from Pensacola, Fla.
That afternoon, Boyd would have its final game of the tournament against the Monarchs of New Life Christian Academy from Fayetteville, N.C. The Broncos would end their season on a high note by winning another close one, 71-67, to finish 2-2 for the tournament.a