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Broncos Streak Past the Scorpions in the First Round of CIF-CS Play

The Bishop Broncos Boys Basketball team have advance to the second round of the CIF Playoffs for Division 5. Bishop beat the Desert Scorpions in their third meeting of the year against the team from Edwards Airforce Base. It was a battle between the second and third placed teams in the High Desert League, with the lower seeded team upsetting the Scorpions 68-62.

Bishop’s Boys Team played perhaps their best game of the season last night. The main concepts that Bishop executed well yesterday were passing, movement off the ball, defense, and scoring off of turnovers. One player who epitomized all of those traits in the first round of CIF was Blaine Spoonhunter, who was constantly in motion, active on the defensive end, and set up his teammates for assists during all four quarters.

Perhaps Spoonhunter’s best play of the night came when he turned the ball over on a pass to the left wing, and sprinted back to block a clear-cut layup. After the rejection, the ball was quickly thrown down to the offensive end, and Spoonhunter scored on a layup from the right side.

Bishop began to pull away at the beginning of the third quarter, getting their lead up to fourteen at one point. The Broncos were able to capitalize off of some bad Scorpion passes, which led to easy buckets.

The large lead slowly dwindled as the Broncos were scoring two pointers, and the Scorpions were answering with three pointers. About midway through the fourth quarter, Bishop lost the lead, and trailed 56-55. The Broncos lost their lead because of Desert point guard, Jaleel Walker, who hit back to back three pointers. On Walker’s second three point attempt, he had enough focus to drain a three from the right wing while being run off the line by a charging Bronco player. The Junior point guard converted the four point play, and the game was tied up. The Broncos then lost the lead a few plays later, but ended up assuming control of the game late thanks to Cal Omohundro’s clutch free-throws.

Bishop will now head to Firebaugh to take on the Eagles in the seocond round of CIF Central Section play. We will have the coverage of this game on 1230 AM KBOV at 7:00 PM Friday night.

Thunderbird Comeback Ends Bishop Union’s Season

Kennedy uses big 4th quarter to Advance

By Arnie Palu
February 24, 2016

Bishop Union held a 5-point halftime lead and thanks to a Andrew Allen 3-point basket at the close of the third quarter, took a 8-point lead into the games final 8 minutes.  The Kennedy High School Thunderbirds kicked up their defensive intensity and a pair of seniors made clutch plays leading to a come-from-behind 64-57 win.  The victory propels Kennedy to the CIF Central Section division 4 championships second round.  Kennedy will host #11 seed Taft who upset Rosamond 56-38.

Tuesday night Bishop Union built a lead thanks to the sharp shooting of Andrew Allen and the hustle of Mike Molina.  Allen scored a game high 23 points.  Molina added 17 points, including 7 points in the third quarter as the Broncos built their lead to 8.  Kennedy’s seniors Joshua Gonzales and Samuel Buccat made a series of clutch plays in the games final 4 minutes.  Gonzales, a senior captain, hit the go-ahead three-point basket and Buccat scored eight of his ten points in the fourth quarter.  Kennedy senior Captain and leading scorer Jourdan Caban started hot Tuesday night scoring ten of his team high nineteen points in the 1st quarter.

For Bishop Union, Sean Brown had a big night on the glass and added 11 points.  Tommy Ruelas, Daniel Olsen, and Ziggy Armitage each added 2 points.

The Broncos 2015-2016 season draws to a close with a 12-12 record.  Bishop Union will lose just four seniors from their playoff roster, Daniel Olsen, Ziggy Armitage, Gene Dondero, and Joel Talamantes.

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