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Broncos prepare for conference tournament
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The Boyd Broncos are in a spot the team could’ve never envisioned the past few seasons.
The Broncos enter the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference tournament as one of the favorites to take the title.
In years past, Boyd would be walking into the No. 1 seed’s gym in District 9-A around tournament time.
Instead, the Broncos earned a first-round bye this season and will play host to its first opponent of the MTAC tournament Thursday night at J.K. Stanley Gymnasium.
With a 13-3 conference record, Boyd earned the tournament’s No. 3 seed and will be at home tomorrow night where the Broncos will most likely face the Middle Tennessee Heat.
The conference tournament began last night with three games. The Heat played host to Benton Hall, while Holloway took on McClain Christian and Currey Ingram faced Daniel I Academy.
Boyd was assured it would play the highest seed of the winning teams from Tuesday night and the Heat entered Tuesday as the No. 6 seed while facing a winless Benton Hall team.
The Broncos last met the Heat on senior night Feb. 16. Boyd won 57-36 as seniors J.T. Morgan and Brody Fernandez combined for 36 points.
Boyd coach Chris Sullens is ready for the next challenge and feels his team has what it takes to win the conference tournament.
“We are in it to win it. For this team, anything else would be a disappointment,” said Sullens. “Our practices have been very focused this week. Mentally, our players and us coaches know there is only one goal.
“I feel confident in our abilities.”
Boyd will most likely have to go through Franklin Classical and Christian Community to win the tournament. Franklin Classical swept the Broncos, winning the first contest by seven points and the second by one. Christian Community won its only meeting with Boyd by five in a game that the Broncos led with 30 seconds to play.
Franklin Classical enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and the most likely Boyd opponent Friday night if the Broncos can beat the Heat tomorrow.
Christian Community is the top seed and could await Saturday in the finals. The tournament semifinals and finals will be played at Currey Ingram School in Nashville and the finals are set to start at 6 p.m. If Boyd wins tomorrow, the Broncos will play in the semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Tomorrow’s action will begin with the Boyd Lady Broncos playing host to Franklin Christian at 6 p.m.
The Lady Broncos enter the MTAC girls tournament as the No. 4 seed after finishing the regular season with a 7-4 conference record.