A longtime Meadow tradition will not be broken this year at least - the Broncos are in the playoffs.
And if they keep playing the way they did Friday in Southland, they’ll stay in them a good while. The boys in purple and gold wrapped up their regular season with a stampeding 90-26 road victory over the Eagles, lining them up for a bi-district match Feb. 19 against an as-yet-determined opponent.
"The thing I was looking for us to do (Friday) was to play hard consistently, and I think we did a good job of that,” said Head Coach Kyle Johnson.
The Broncos constantly sank shot after shot from the field, as a low foul kept the free-throw line mostly empty and the clock ticking quickly. They were ahead 24-6 at the end of the first quarter, then 44-8 at halftime and 71-11 at the top of the fourth.
Johnson took advantage of his herd’s big lead to send some junior varsity Broncos onto the court, and was pleased how they handled his instructions - a couple of non-starters even scored in the double digits.
"It was good to get everybody some playing time,” he said.
Scorers included Zach England 7-0 1-6 15, Ralph Urias 3-2 0-1 14, Mason Davila 5-0 3-3 13, Adrian Flores 5-1 13, Trey Herrera 5-0 10, Tyler Harrison 3-0 3-4 9, Brandon Flores 4-0 8 and Abel Portales 0-0 2-2.
The frustrated Eagles managed to sink only four buckets the entire first half, but brought their scoreboard up slightly in the last few minutes with three-pointers from freshman Kevin Dorman and junior Chance Wood.
For a preview story of the Broncos’ upcoming bi-district match, keep checking your hometown newspaper.