George Liddy ’14
Brophy won an early test in the year Friday, Dec. 7, defeating the Chaparral Firebirds 57-49 at Chaparral.
“You can’t focus on the crowd and get to hyped up, you just do what you do every single day in practice,” said Kevin Nabong ’13 about playing at Chaparral, a noisy game environment.
Brophy got out to an early lead in the first assisted by Tim Kempton ’13, who had 10 of the Broncos first 12 points. At the end of the first quarter Brophy was up 20-7.
In the second quarter Chaparral slow Brophy’s offense, but neither team was able to sustain a long scoring run. Chaparral seemed to have the momentum going into the half until Nabong assisted Romano Botini ’14 to score a layup as the time expired to give Brophy a 12 point lead at halftime, 32-20.
In the third quarter Chaparral was able to cut the Broncos lead to seven points by outscoring them 14-9.
In the fourth quarter Chaparral pulled the game within five points at 45-40, but on two straight series Brophy was able to steal the ball or force a turnover. With the clock running low Chaparral was forced to foul. Brophy made eight free-throws in a row to seal up the victory. The shots were made by Nabong, Kempton and Connor Triplett ’14.
Triplett finished the game with 14 points and five rebounds. Kempton finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, his second consecutive double-double.
The win improved the Broncos record to 8-1. They will take on Goldwater at home Monday night, Dec. 10.