Alex Diets from Franklin Christian Academy drove the length of the floor with four seconds on the clock. He flipped up a shot just beyond the 3-point line and it dropped through as the final horn sounded.
The Falcons remained two points down after the desperation 3-pointer counted and Boyd escaped with a slender 63-61 win over the FCA Falcons as time expired Friday night in Westwood.
FCA Falcon Aaron Quebedeaux led all scorers with a game-high 29 points. All but four of those points came in the second half. Boyd struggled late to stop the Falcons inside the paint.
The Broncos were led by Trey Cantrell with 24 points. Cantrell connected on three deep 3-pointers as part of his explosive night.
With 1:17 to play and the Falcons down 59-53, Boyd lost possession of the ball and Quebedeaux went up inside and drew the foul. His shot dropped and he completed the and-1 play as FCA trailed 59-56.
The clock ran and Boyd turned the ball over for a second consecutive time.
This time the Falcon offense came up empty-handed and Blaine Wilson was fouled with less than :30 to play. Wilson stepped to the free-throw line and knocked down both free throws. The Broncos led 61-56.
Quebedeaux took the pass and went straight at the Bronco defense and hit from underneath. The Falcons trailed 61-58. Timeout was called with :07 to play.
During the inbound pass, Isaiah Blanton was fouled and he missed the front end of the one-and-one. The rebound was tied up and the possession favored the Broncos. This time Tyler Beaty drew the contact as he received the inbound pass. He buried both free throws and the Broncos led 63-58 with :04 to play.
The ball was thrown in to Deits and he raced down the floor with the Falcons down five. He flipped up a last-second attempt from beyond the arch. His shot dropped as the final buzzer sounded. Boyd defeated FCA, 63-61.
Boyd started off the first quarter with a moderate pace and FCA had little trouble keeping up.
Overall sloppy play to end the first quarter kept Boyd in the lead after one complete, 14-10.
Beaty started the second quarter for Boyd with a hard drive off the dribble. He got the contact, the whistle, and the free throw missed. Boyd led 16-10. The next two trips down the floor for Boyd resulted in a pair of 3-point shots over the Falcon defense by Cantrell, his second, and Wilson, his first. The Bronco lead increased to 22-10.
The Falcons responded and Deits connected on his first of three deep shots beyond the arch and the Falcons trailed 22-13. FCA managed to trim the lead slightly before intermission and at the half Boyd was up, 28-20.
By the third quarter, the Falcons had settled into their offense and Quebedeaux heated up. He went scoreless in the second quarter but fired off nine points in the third. Diets added five points and the Falcons did not allow Boyd to gain separation.
Cantrell, Blanton, and Beaty created all of the offense throughout the third quarter. Beaty attacked the rim for his four-point contribution. Cantrell created his own paths to the basket and when the defense collapsed, he dumped the ball to Blanton and at the end of three the Falcons trailed 43-34.
FCA came to life in the fourth and outscored Boyd 27-19. The Falcons moved the ball better in the final eight minutes than any previous quarter. Quebedeaux unloaded 16 points in the final quarter. The late run by FCA was too little, too late and the Falcons fell just short as time expired.
The Broncos will return home after Christmas break on Jan. 5 versus DeKalb County with the game following the Lady Broncos.
BRONCO SCORING – TreyCantrell 24, Tyler Beaty 15, Isaiah Blanton 10, Blaine Wilson 7, Jayden Reno 6
FALCON SCORING – Aaron Quebedeaux 29, Alex Deits 17, Elijah Jones 9, Tyler Richie 4