The Boyd Broncos went on the road Monday night to play the Franklin Classical Academy Knights in what would turn into nothing less than a three-point exhibition by both teams. A total of 20 shots from long range would find the bottom of the net and the efficiency was dead even for both teams as they each tallied 10 makes from downtown.
When the marksmanship ended, Boyd had secured the win, at 75-61.
Trey Cantrell scored a game-high 22 points for the Broncos.
The first quarter set the tone as the two teams combined for nine 3-pointers. Cantrell for Boyd dropped the game’s first three, his first of five total threes for the contest and finishing by going five for eight from behind the arc.
He was followed by Isaiah Blanton and Colin Stubblefield with two each and Tyler Beaty with one deep ball to give the Broncos a total of 10.
Boyd took a 23-21 lead going into the second quarter, the difference most likely due to Boyd’s Tyler Judkins, who made his presence felt in the paint for two putback buckets while all the long-range artillery flew overhead in the opening period.
In the second quarter Beaty and Blanton were able to penetrate the Knight defense and expand that two-point first quarter lead with each of them scoring six points.
Another six from Cantrell and one more 3-pointer from Stubblefield took the Broncos into the break leading 44-34 leaving the Knights to play catch-up from that point on.
Coming out of the halftime break the Knights cranked up the defense on the Broncos while the Knights put together their best quarter of offense. It would take more than one good quarter of offense to overcome the Bronco aerial assault.
Heading into the final quarter the Broncos were up 60-54 and the two teams matched buckets for most of the period which resulted in the Knights being forced to foul when the clock went under two minutes.
Boyd seniors Stubblefield and Judkins displayed their leadership by going 6-for-6 from the charity stripe to secure the victory for the Broncos.
The Broncos go out of conference and stay on the road for their next two games against Clay County and DeKalb County. On Feb. 10 they will play their last scheduled conference opponent, Currey-Ingram Academy, and a victory will solidify the Boyd Broncos as the MTAC season champions.
That banner would be the first MTAC championship banner to ever hang at Boyd Christian School.
BRONCO SCORING – Trey Cantrell 22, Isaiah Blanton 18, Colin Stubblefield 14, Tyler Beaty 12, Tyler Judkins 9
KNIGHT TOP SCORERS – Bryce Watts 19, Michael Gray 17, Lance Idema 11