Photo by Donna Harris / Freelance Photographer
By Ray Conner
Opening the season in a tournament Kern Valley’s jayvee Broncs basketball team had a good showing.
They took part in the Independence Tournament and worked their way to the consolation final.
They began the action against Cesar Chavez. In a close battle, the Broncs would come up short and get pushed into the consolation bracket. Chavez won the game 35-27.
Lucas Harris was the top scorer for Kern Valley as he dropped in six points. Kenny King put up five points, while Davin Lee and Ryan Walker followed with four points apiece. Stephen Rous scored three points, while Pardae Tuttle had two points to wrap up the Broncs scoring.
Kern Valley would face off with West in their next contest. They would get into the win column as they grabbed the 28-17 victory. Seven Kern Valley players got in on the scoring in getting their first win of the new season.
Lee and Rous shared the team lead in scoring with seven points each. Harris finished with four points, while Tyler Strange and Spenser Hansen added three points apiece. Walker and Noah Alexander rounded out the Broncs scoring as they each had two points.
Walker pulled down six rebounds to lead the Broncs on the boards. Harris grabbed four boards, while Hansen and Lee were credited with three rebounds apiece. Rous had a pair of boards, while Jeffrey Cawein and Alexander each had one rebound.
Hansen handed out four assists to lead the Broncs in unselfish play. He was followed by Cawein, Walker, and Rous with two assists each. Harris recorded three blocks and a pair of steals , while Walker had three steals. Hansen and Lee each had one steal in the game.
The win advanced the Broncs into the semi finals of the consolation bracket.
They moved on to face Frontier. In a defensive battle the Broncs were able to outlast the Titans 17-13.
Walker proved to be the main man in this one as he collected a double-double. He led the team with 10 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. He also was credited with three steals.
Rous added three points, while Lee and Harris each had two points to close out the scoring for Kern Valley.
Harris grabbed four rebounds, while Alexander had a pair of boards. Cawein, Hansen, and Rous were credited with one rebound apiece.
Lee passed out two assists, while Cawein and Harris had one assists each. Harris blocked a pair of Frontier shot attempts, while King had one block. Hansen and Rous recorded a pair of steals.
The Broncs would now move on to the consolation bracket final where they took on Ridgeview.
Both teams were evenly matched, but it was the Wolf Pack that would be two points better than the Broncs. The final score favored Ridgeview 24-22.
Walker recorded his second straight double-double as he led the Broncs in scoring with 10 points and pulled down a team leading 11 rebounds. He was credited with one block and three steals.
Rous finished with six points, while Lee had four. King wrapped up the scoring for Kern Valley with two points.
Harris and Lee each had six rebounds, while Rous pulled down two boards. Strange and Alexander each had one rebound.
Lee was credited with three assists to lead Kern Valley in team play. Hansen recorded four steals, while Harris had a pair of thefts. Strange and Rous were credited with one steal apiece.
Head coach Aaron LaFarga said, “The team surprised everyone by making it to the consolation championship against Ridgeview where we fell short by two points. It is always a challenge playing against bigger schools, but our boys stepped up to the challenge. They made every game of the tournament a competitive one. I couldn’t be happier with their effort. This is going to be a special year.”
The Broncs will next take the court to play Boron on Dec.12. This will the first home game of the year for Kern Valley.