By: Ray Conner
It was a sweep week for the junior varsity Broncs basketball squad as they claimed a pair of High Desert League games.
In two close games, Kern Valley was able to hold off their opponents and grab the wins.
Both games were played on the Broncs home court. On Feb 4 the matchup was against Rosamond. This was a see-saw battle that in the end went the Broncs way.
Kern Valley was able to hold on for the 33-31 win over the Roadrunners.
Leading the way for the Broncs was Josh Papp with 11 points. Derrick Hinkey and Jaison Scruggs followed with seven points apiece. Garrett Davis finished with four points, while Eli Wertz and Tj Sanders each scored two points.
Hinkey cleared 11 rebounds to be the team leader on the boards. Papp grabbed seven boards, while Jacob Leith and Sanders each had three rebounds. Scruggs recorded a pair of rebounds, while Wertz and Johnny Tedrow had one rebound apiece for Kern Valley.
Papp and Scruggs shared the team lead in assists with two apiece. Leith and Sanders recorded one assist each.
This past Friday Cal City came to town. It was another nail-biter for Kern Valley. This game was also a tightly contested one. The Broncs stayed focused and came away with the 44-40 win to complete the sweep of games.
Hinkey had the hot hand as he poured in 16 points to lead the Kern Valley squad. Scruggs delivered 11 points, while Papp finished with six points.
Tedrow added four, while Wertz scored three points. Leith and Sanders each had two points to finish out the scoring for the Broncs.
Both Kern Valley players that scored in double figures were able to record double-doubles. Scruggs grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the team. Hinkey pulled down 11 boards for his double-double. Papp had eight boards, while Leith was credited with six rebounds. Tedrow had four boards, while Sanders finished up the board work with a pair of rebounds.
Tedrow and Hinkey led the team in assists with two apiece. Papp recorded one assist for Kern Valley.
Head coach Aaron LaFarga said, “With clutch plays down the stretch on offense and defense we were able to come away with close wins at home against Rosamond and Cal City. The team would like to thank the home crowd for all their support in creating such an awesome atmosphere. We have made a complete turnaround over the last few weeks. These players have had to overcome a lot of adversity this season and they couldn’t have responded any better.”
Kern Valley finished off its league season on Tuesday against Bishop. They will be at home on Thursday when they face off with the Mammoth Huskies in a non-league battle.