The Boyd Broncos fell just short despite some late-game heroics Tuesday night in the DeKalb County Christmas Tournament. The Wildcat offense shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line when it mattered. The Broncos were defeated by Monterey after a showdown in the fourth quarter, 58-53.
Trey Cantrell from Boyd led all scorers with a game-high 27 points. His game was highlighted when he knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers and cut the Monterey lead to one, 54-53, in the final minute.
Bronco coach Lucas Majors called timeout with just over a minute to play and Boyd trailed 54-45.
Out of the timeout, Tyler Beaty went on the attack and he went straight at the rim and hit inside the Monterey defense. Boyd trailed 54-47.
The Monterey offense was on its heels and they got careless and turned the ball over as the Bronco defense increased its pressure.
Boyd pushed the tempo and caught Monterey back too far on defense and Cantrell spotted up from 3-point range. The defense was late and he fired his shot over the defender’s outstretched hands. The shot dropped and Boyd trailed 54-50.
It was more in-your-face pressure defense by Boyd and the Monterey offense was rattled. A quick shot by the Wildcat offense was off and the rebound was claimed by Boyd.
With under a minute to play, the ball was passed around the perimeter and again the Monterey defense laid back. Cantrell took aim and fired his second consecutive 3-pointer and the shot hit its mark. Boyd trailed 54-53 and the Wildcats called timeout.
Boyd was down one and forced to foul on the inbound play. Parker Payne stepped up and buried both free throw attempts. Monterey led 56-53.
As the clock ran Boyd raced the floor and the shot by Cantrell was off. Monterey was quicker to the rebound and gathered the loose ball. Boyd committed the immediate foul.
Tristan Castle was perfect on two attempts and Monterey led 58-53. There was just enough time on the clock for two possessions by Boyd. The first shot was off and the rebound was taken by Monterey.
Boyd did not foul and the final seconds ticked away and the Broncos were defeated 58-53 despite the late-game surge by Boyd.
Boyd picked up some momentum as the Bronco offense attacked the basket. At the end of the third quarter, Monterey led Boyd by a single point, 39-38. Boyd went on the attack after the half and several trips down the floor landed the Boyd offense right in front of the rim.
In the third quarter, Cantrell shed defenders off the dribble and spun his way inside for easy baskets. Beaty also hit lanes and took the Wildcat defense for a ride. Beaty was perfect from the free-throw line in the second half.
The first half was almost a dead heat and the two teams traded several heavy blows as neither gained the advantage over the other. Beaty led the offense in the opening period with five points. Jayden Reno and Tyler Pomales helped in the early part of the game. After one quarter, the score was locked at 9-9.
In the second, Monterey gained a slight advantage and the Wildcats were led by Cade Painter. He scored seven of his 11 points just before the half.
Blaine Wilson dialed up a long-distance shot and connected in the second quarter. Wilson and Cantrell had shots from out past the three-point line and at the half Boyd trailed 24-21.
Boyd really heated up its offense in the third and the speedy guards blew right past the Wildcat defense. The Broncos connected on 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the third after the contact drew a whistle from officials.
Dalton Coleman led the Wildcats in the third with six and his teammate Tyrus West added a deep 3-point shot and kept it close.
It was anyone’s game in the fourth and despite Boyd’s best effort the Wildcats held off the hard charge of the Bronco offense. Boyd was defeated by a final score of 58-53 in the DCHS Tiger Christmas Tournament.
WILDCAT SCORING – Dalton Coleman 12, Cade Painter 11, Parker Payne 11, Tyrus West 7, Grayson Randolph 4, Bryan Stamps 2, Lane Phipps 2, Tristan Castle 2
BRONCO SCORING – Trey Cantell 27, Tyler Beaty 17, Blaine Wilson 5, Jayden Reno 2, Tyler Pomales 2