JV Broncs boys won their first game of the season with a score of 33-30 after a highly competitive match against the visiting Rocky Mountain House Rebels on Wednesday, Dec. 3, inspiring hope that the season my offer some great basketball excitement.
The first half of the game gave every indication that both teams had quite a number of rookies and that it was quite early in the season.
Early in the game, both teams struggled in not only moving but also handling the ball, with turnovers, off-target passes and shots frustrating both players and the benches.
Broncs had a slight edge in grabbing rebounds, but their advantage was more than offset by individual shooting and dribbling skills of a few Rebels players as well as their ability as a team to pressure Ponoka boys in their own half of the court.
With visitors capitalizing on their slightly better ball movement and shooting skills, the first half ended with the 13-11 Rebels lead over Broncs.
In the second half, though, Broncs slowly but surely started to impose their game plan to the visitors with improved ball handling and movement. Maintaining their rebounding edge through the third and fourth periods, Ponoka boys found better scoring opportunities and capitalized on most of them, ending the game with a three point lead and recording their first win in their first game.
“Winning the first game of the season was definitely a great way to start off the season,” said Broncs coach Ryan Newman.
“It was a hard fought battle and I am extremely proud of the boys for the heart and character that they showed, both on and off the court. Rocky put up one heck of a fight and played a great game,” he added.
Newman said he was also aware of the need to step up their performance as the season progresses.
“If the West Central Rebels are any indication of the level of competition that we will be facing this season, then we definitely will have our work cut out for us, but I am confident that the boys will be able to rise to the occasion,” he concluded.