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.