By P. Erik Meyer ’14
In a game with a number of momentum swings, the Broncos could not quite pull out a victory Wednesday, Jan. 16 against the Chaparral
Despite having a student section of equal size and energy, the Firebirds had homecourt advantage and the last say as they stormed the court after their victory.
Fred Erlandson ’14 played a significant role in the paint posting eight points by the end of the first half.
“Fred was a force down there, went inside to him, he took his time and he handled himself pretty well,” said head coach Mr. Tony Fuller.
The Broncos started slowly and ended the first quarter down by 10, but rallied back and entered halftime down 33-31.
“I though we hit some shots, we had some good shots for the most part but we weren’t knocking them down,” Mr. Fuller said. “Once we relaxed a little bit the shots went in and it gave us energy.”
Steven Stanley ’14 had a key block in the second quarter to shift momentum over to the Brophy side of the gym.
As the second half began the Broncos had momentum; however, they failed to ever gain a solid lead.
“They got behind us defensively, they got a layup over top and then another time we didn’t get back in transition they got another layup and that turned a four point lead to an eight point lead. And from that point on we were playing catch-up,” Mr. Fuller said.
The Firebirds pulled away as the fourth quarter went on thanks to a dunk and a number of threes, which fired up the Chaparral bench and fans.
“I knew we’d play hard, I knew we’d compete because it’s become our rival. I was just hoping that we didn’t get over excited where we let our nerves take over and not execute,” Mr. Fuller said.