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Broncos building for success
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Senior Joel Smith has scored in double figures in each of Boyd's first two games. The Broncos won their season debut against West Academy before falling to TN Heat. Boyd plays Covenant at home Thursday.

When Chris Perry took over as Boyd’s newest basketball coach, he wanted to start building consistency. It’s the one thing the Broncos desperately needed.

Now on their third coach in three years, a deep and veteran Boyd squad is hoping it can finally blossom into one of the top squads in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference. It’s still early, but Perry is pleased with the early returns.

“Effort is never an issue – they always play hard,” said Perry. “They listen well and do whatever we ask. We’re still working to change habits and developing a certain mentality on how to play. It may take several games to develop it, but I’m seeing glimpses already.”

Boyd has already played two games this season, beating West Academy 75-51 in its opener last week before falling to the TN Heat 95-57. In both contests, the Broncos flashed the potential to run-and-gun – a strategy Perry wants to employ this season.

“There’s going to be ups and downs early. This conference is pretty strong and usually guard heavy with fast and athletic guys,” said Perry. “We’re adapting our play to the way everybody else plays. It’s a good challenge. We want to play fast and play smart and grow as the season progresses.”

Here’s a deeper look into the Boyd roster:

Stocked with seniors

Perry inherited a team that doesn’t lack for experience. The Broncos have 10 seniors, many of whom have played plenty of minutes in their careers.

The Bronco seniors are Jordan Hoover, Jamison Brock, Brayden Scott, Thomas Miller, Dallas Greene, Aiden Lawrence, Joel Smith, Bryson Stiles and Jalyn Mart. 

Depth for days

With so many upperclassmen, Perry won’t have to play a skeleton crew, which has been the case in past years at Boyd. The Broncos are two-deep at every position, with several players able to slide across multiple positions.

Smith, Brock and Hoover have grown into a reliable guard rotation, all capable of playing on or off the ball. Smith is currently averaging 11.5 points per game, showing an ability to get to the rim at will.

Brock likes to do his damage from outside, while Hoover is a distributor who defends well.

Big and tall

The Broncos won’t have to worry about being bullied in the paint. Boyd has plenty of length and athleticism at forward.

Stiles is a 6-foot-7 center who turns away opponents at the rim.  Mart is one of the most athletic players in the county, armed with the size and leaping ability to challenge any shot.

Greene and sophomore Christian Rogers can bang in the post with anybody, while junior Cain Buckner allows the Broncos to play four wings without sacrificing size.