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Bishop Hold Off Desert’s Late Surge to Clinch Victory

After losing against Rosamond High School last Friday, the Bishop Broncos Boys basketball team responded with a much needed victory against the Desert Scorpions. The victory has revitalized the team’s hopes of finishing second in the High Desert League.

Bishop were able to fend off a Desert team who nearly overcame a sixteen point deficit, cutting the Bronco’s lead all the way down to one point with 1:30 remaining in the game. However, the Broncos hunkered down on the defensive end, forcing a late turnover which sealed the game in favor of Bishop. The game finished 52-49.

The game between the two teams was quite different from the away game at Edwards Air Force Base, where the Scorpions were hitting their threes and scoring inside the paint.

This time around, Bishop clogged up the lane, forcing Desert into shooting threes. A stroke of luck was on the side of the team from the Owens Valley, as Desert’s jumpers were not falling.

Additionally, Desert’s inability to take care of the ball was a big reason why Bishop won. The Scorpions often moved the ball around lazily, with many passes flat and ill-advised. These poor passes were often stolen and finished in transition for easy baskets. Junior, Blaine Spoonhunter played inspired on the defensive end, with three blocks, key defensive rebounds, and steals.

Luke McClean did a solid job distributing the ball into the Denny’s Bronco Slam Player of the Game, Cal Omohundro, who positioned himself in the right areas for easy points. Not only did Omohundro do a good job scoring, he was excellent when it came to boxing out and snagging rebounds.

Bishop’s next game is this Friday against Cal City, who are undefeated in the High Desert League.

Costly Turnovers Lose the Game for the Broncos

The Bishop Union Boys team lost a pivotal match up against Rosamond on Friday, losing 68-54. Friday’s loss can be attributed to two things: turnovers and fouls.

Things started out well for the Broncos in the first half. Junior, Blaine Spoonhunter scored the team’s first four points, and the team ended up leading by double digits at the end of the first quarter.

Junior, Luke McClean was able to penetrate at will, attacking the basket whenever the opportunity arose. The game started out much like the first meeting between the two teams, where Bishop got out to an early lead and cruised to a 63-44 victory because of transition baskets.

However, the game plan started to go awry with about five minutes left in the first half. Rosamond made some adjustments and did not allow point guard, Luke McClean any space when it came to penetration. McClean was forced into making bad passes by a Roadrunner team who clogged up the paint.

The turnovers provided Rosamond with a spark offensively, and the team from the Antelope Valley were able to finish in transition on multiple occasions, cutting the lead down to one moments before halftime.

Momentum kept teetering in favor of the Roadrunners, until eventually momentum swung completely away from the Broncos. Three pointers started falling, and what started out as a one point lead blossomed into double digits. Rosamond shooting guard, Alex Cervantes started to catch fire from beyond the arc, and ended up hitting four threes in the game.

Bishop promptly stormed back, thanks to a couple of threes from Luke McClean and Cal Omohundro. However, the Broncos found themselves in the bonus early in both the third and fourth quarters, which provided the Roadrunners with frequent trips to the stripe.

Rosamond made the most of their trips to the line, making 14 out of 18 free throw attempts.

The Broncos now have three High Desert League losses, and trail Desert for second place by two games. Bishop have an opportunity to gain ground on the Scorpions, who they play this Tuesday at 7:30 PM on 1230 AM KBOV.

BUHS hoops @ Whittell

Bronco Basketball opens tourney play

The Bishop varsity boys and girls are playing in a tournament in South Tahoe.  Both Bronco teams started play Thursday, December 11th vs Whittell High School.

Boys Basketball
BUHS 46
WHS  64

According to Coach Mark Olsen, Whittell high school’s electricity was out all day Thursday and several teams chose not to travel to the tournament due to  potential bad weather.  All the afternoon games were moved to Incline High School.  Olsen notes that Whittell’s Boys are the defending Nevada State champion in their division. Returning most of their team from last year.  The bronco got behind early and just couldn’t get closer than 14 points.  Bishop lost 64 – 46.  Bishop was led by Seniors Thomas Montoya with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Ty Tucker with 9 points.  Coach Olsen commented, “Whittell is by far the best team we have faced so far this year.  With the loss the Bronco boys continue to improve their game and prepare for league.”

Girls Basketball
BUHS 57
WHS  32

Bronco Freshman Topah Scherer hit 3 of 6 shots from behind the arc pouring in a team high 16 points in the bronco victory.  Maria Jimenez added 11 points and 6 rebounds.  Tamia Shoshone, Little Eva Lent, and Sabrina Barlow each chipped in with 8 points.  Barlow pulled down a team high 10 boards in the win.  Shoshone had a team high 8 assists.

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Broncos go 3-2 @ Hawthorne NV

Bishop Varsity Basketball at the Serpent Classic.

The Broncos opened play on Thursday, December 4th against Mineral County High School, the host team, in the first game of the Serpent Classic, in Hawthorne, Nevada.  The Broncos fell behind 12-2 in the first few minutes and fought hard to come back to win 53-43.  The Broncos were led by Seniors Thomas Montoya with 18 points and Ty Tucker with 12 points. Coach Mark Olsen said, “We had a great defensive team effort in the last 7 minutes of the game.    We were very proud of the boy’s tenacity and fight after falling behind early.”

On Friday, December 5th Bishop played both Smith Valley and Yerrinton. Tied at the half 27-27 against Smith Valley, Bishop pulled away in the second half playing very well defensively and offensively and building a 20 point lead, and winning 64-47.  The Broncos were led by Sophomore Druw Allen with 22 points and Senior Thomas Montoya with 15. The second game of the day was against Yerington, with Bishop falling lost 54-43. Again tied 27-27 at half, coach Mark Olsen says the Broncos played very well defensively, especially Ty Tucker, Ryan Lent, Druw Allen, and Sean Brown.  Olsen notes that Yerington took advantage of their size in the 2nd half pulling away for the win. Leading scorers for the Broncos were Seniors Ryan Lent with 9 points and Thomas Montoya with 8 points.

Bishop wrapped up play in Hawthorne with a loss to Virginia City, 74-60 and win over Lincoln High. Leading scores in the Virginia City game were Seniors Thomas Montoya with 20 and River Mallory with 18.  In the win over Lincoln, 48-45, Bishop was led by Senior Thomas Montoya with 17 points, Junior Daniel Olsen with 8 points and sophomore Druw Allen chipped in with 8. The Bronco finished the tournament with a 3-2 record. Bishop will play Mineral County again in Hawthorne on Tuesday, December 9th then head to South Lake Tahoe to play in the Whittell Tournament the 11th – 13th of December.

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