Centennial tops David City boys in close game

Looking for an open teammate to pass the ball to, junior Ross Kirby fights off a Bronco defender. The Broncos’ had a forceful man-to-man press that kept the Scouts from winning the season opener.

Becca Meusch

The Centennial Broncos played strong at both ends of the court against the David City Scouts in their season opener on Dec. 3, with the Scouts falling short to the Broncos on Scout territory 51-44.

Scoring was tight as junior Matthew Lewis led the team with four points in the first quarter, with strong play on the boards. The Scouts had a short lead at the start of the game, but the Broncos racked up points to lead 12-9 at the end of the quarter.

“I think we had a few too many mistakes on defense against Centennial, but we will work on it during practice to fix them. Our effort and intensity was much improved,” Head Coach Ben Knobbe said.

Due to several missed free throws, the Scouts were hampered at the beginning of the second quarter. To harbor more points, the Broncos took advantage of all scoring opportunities. After a huge three-pointer by sophomore Colin Vandenberg, the score was brought up to 26-23, with the Broncos in the lead to finish the first half of play.

“The tough thing was having many shots rim out and not dropping and really giving up those easy buckets,” senior Tylar Samek said. “The game went great for us in a sense of the effort, but if we would of had some certain things on the offensive end go right, it would have been a win.”

The third quarter proved to be a tough road for the Scouts as the Broncos’ man-to-man defense made it difficult to bring the ball down the court and sink shots. A strong drive into the lane by Samek helped the Scouts gain a few points in the quarter, with the Broncos leading 38-29.

A fourth quarter rally was started by Lewis at the free throw line, followed by multiple three-pointers by juniors Joe Lance, Ross Kirby, and freshman Will Danielson. Foul trouble slowed the Scouts down, as the Broncos were successful with most of their free throw attempts, closing the game 51-44.

“Overall, I thought it was a good game by both teams. Centennial pressured us, and I think we responded well.  Our execution and effort is what kept us in the game,” Knobbe said. “We still have much to work on, and I know the guys will continue to work hard to improve everyday.”

Lewis led the team with 12 points throughout the game trailed closely behind by Samek with 11 points. Lance contributed seven points, Danielson and Kirby each put up five points, and Vandenberg and senior Zach Seibert both had two points in the game.