By Ray Conner
Falling behind early did not deter the jayvee Broncs from beating their rival.
Playing in front of the home crowd, Bishop came to town and opened up a 13-6 lead after one quarter. When halftime came, Kern Valley had only taken one point off the deficit. The score stood at 24-18 for the Broncos.
Kern Valley’s offense came out recharged in the second half as they dropped in 15 points in the third quarter. The Broncs defense limited Bishop to just seven points to overcome the early deficit. The scoreboard read 33 for the home team Broncs and 31 for the visiting Bishop squad.
In the final quarter, Kern Valley added 13 points to their total and the Broncos managed just eight points. The 46-39 victory gave the Broncs hope of winning a High Desert League title.
Broncs scoring: Ryan Walker 14, Kenneth King 12, Davin Lee 8, Trey Bushling 5 (three-pointer), Tyler Strange 2, Lucas Harris 2, Noah Alexander 2, Spencer Hansen 1.
Rebounding: Walker 13 (double-double), King 4, Hansen 3, Alexander 2, Lee 1, Harris 1, Bushling 1.
Assists: Lee 5, Hansen 2, Harris 2, King 2, Walker 1, Bushling 1.
Steals: Walker 7, Hansen 4, King 3, Lee 2, Bushling 1.
Blocks: Walker 3, King 1.
Three days later, the Broncs traveled to Edwards Air Force Base to compete with the Scorpions of Desert.
It was all Kern Valley as they took off and never looked back. They earned the 56-42 HDL win.
The Broncs had three players score in double figures and two of those completed double-doubles. Eight of the 11 Kern Valley players were able to put points on the scoreboard.
The Broncs were quick to find the bottom of the basket as they poured in 23 points in the first quarter. Desert was stifled by the Kern Valley defense that allowed just seven points. At the break the lead stood at 31-17 as the teams went into the locker room.
Coming out of halftime, the two teams played evenly as they each scored 25 points in the second half. With the huge lead the Broncs had built the end game was never in doubt. Kern Valley scored 14 in the third and 11 in the fourth. The Scorpions added seven in the third and 18 in the fourth.
Broncs scoring: Harris 15, Lee 13 (three-pointer), Walker 13, Stephen Rous 5, Jeffrey Cawein 4, Hansen 2, Alexander 2, King 2.
Rebounding: Harris 15 (double-double), Walker 13 (double-double), Lee 6, King 4, Rous 3, Bushling 2, Alexander 2, Pardae Tuttle 2, Cawein 1, Strange 1.
Assists: Lee 4, Harris 4, Strange 2, Hansen 2, Bushling 2, King 2, Alexander 1.
Steals: Walker 3, Hansen 2, Harris 2, Lee 1, Bushling 1, Alexander 1.
Head coach Aaron LaFarga said, “The team started out slow at home on Tuesday against rival Bishop, but fought back and came out with a win. We started out with a game plan that wasn’t working and the team adapted to our adjustments tremendously. Our away game at Desert was a great team win as everyone contributed. Next week we faced Frazier Mountain at home on Tuesday and away at Rosamond on Friday. The boys have been fighting and working hard all year and have put themselves into position to be HDL champions if they win the next three games.”