By Ray Conner
The jayvee Broncs basketball squad made it two straight as they grabbed a win at Cal City.
On Friday, Kern Valley went on the road to square off with the Ravens who were the defending HDL champs. After falling behind early they would battle back to erase the early deficit by halftime. The fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Broncs out scored their opponent 20-13 to claim the hard fought victory.
The game opened with the Ravens jumping out in front by six points. They put in 10 points in the first quarter. Kern Valley struggled to begin the game and managed just four points.
In the second the Broncs found the bottom of the basket and dropped in 13 points. The defense stepped up and clamped down on the Ravens allowing them one point to send the game into the break with the Broncs on top 17-11.
Coming out of the locker room, the Broncs and Ravens matched baskets. By the time the horn sounded Kern Valley had increased their cushion to 28-21.
In the final quarter the Broncs dominated as they poured in 20 points. The Kern Valley defense stopped the Ravens allowing them just 13 points. The final saw the Broncs get the 48-34 win and move to 4-1 in the High Desert League.
Balanced scoring helped Kern Valley get the win. They had seven players contribute on the scoring end of the court. The Broncs were led by Trey Bushling with 14 points. He was followed by Jaison Scruggs with 10 points. Carlos Martinez added eight points, while Kieran McCarthy finished with seven points. Mykah Johnson and Jeffery Carter each had four points in the game. Arian Navin wrapped up the Broncs scoring as he made a free throw for his one point.
Martinez was the team leader in rebounds with nine. Bushling, McCarthy, and Seth McCullough each had six boards, while Johnson had five rebounds. Scruggs grabbed four boards, while Carter had a pair of rebounds. Pardae Tuttle rounded out the board work as he pulled down one rebound.
Martinez dished out four assists to lead Kern Valley in assists. Bushling handed out three, while McCarthy and Carter recorded a pair of assists each. Tuttle was credited with one assist in the game.
Bushling, McCarthy, and Carter shared the team lead in steals with two apiece. Navin, Scruggs, Johnson, and Martinez had one steal apiece.
Head coach Aaron LaFarga said, “Coming into this game we knew we had to take care of the ball and limit their fast break points if we wanted to win. Our hustle lasted the entire game and we were able to slow them down. With strong play from the entire team we were able to defeat last year’s league champs on their court.”
Kern Valley will now have a 17 day break as they will next take the court in Bishop against their rivals on Jan. 8