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Broncs trump Mitchell at home


Erik Gantt/The Saratoga Sun

Sam Sharpe draws contact from Big Horn's Max Lube as he shoots a floater on Thursday, Jan. 7 at Big Horn High School.

It was a close one at home for the Burns Broncs, last Tuesday as they pull out a win against the Mitchell Tigers, 29-34.

'We played a very complete game defensively. This was a big team win," said coach Sean Patterson.

Mitchel led the Broncs 16-14 at the half. Burns was able to score six points in the first period and another eight in the second.

A defensive struggle in the third saw the Broncs adding only five points to their score while giving up four to Mitchell. At the end of the third Burns trailed by one, 20-19.

The Broncs went on a scoring tear as they lit up the scoreboard for 15 points in the fourth. Again, they played strong defensively holding the Tigers to 9.

"We had an awesome fourth quarter offensively, knocking down some big shots. We played great in end of the game situations again," Patterson said.

Burns played a very strong defensive game. A fact that didn't go unnoticed by their coach.

"We were proud of the physicality the kids brought to the defensive end and the work they did on the defensive glass. We had an awesome fourth quarter offensively, knocking down some big shots," Patterson said.

Klayton Clark put up 19 points in the game to lead the Broncs in scoring. He was followed by Sam Sharpe with 9. Jas Singh scored 3, Alex Pyle had 2, and Tyler Norris 1.

Broncs split weekend

A conference win on Friday against Saratoga followed by a loss to Lusk on Saturday gave the Burns Broncs a split for the weekend.

Burns started their weekend play in Saratoga. Solid scoring by the visiting Broncs led to a 47-55 win over the home team.

"We played very well and got a big conference road win," said coach Sean Patterson.

"We passed and shared the ball very well in this game," he said.

The game was close throughout it's entirety. Saratoga had the lead at the half, 25-28, but couldn't rally from the offensive attack the Broncs put up in third.

Burns came out of the locker room at the half and put up 16 points in third while holding Saratoga to 9.

It appeared Saratoga would rally in the fourth, but Burns was able to answer back.

"When Saratoga would hit a big shot to get closer we would answer with our own basket.," the coach said.

Klayton Clark led the Burns scoring effort with 24 points. Jack Ickes had 7, Jas Singh, Sam Sharpe, and Tyler Norris all had 6, Alex Pyle scored 4, and Aiden Carroll had 2.

Burns returned home on Saturday to take on Lusk. This tightly contested game saw 8 lead changes before Lusk finally pulled away with the win, 37-34.

"This was a close game all the way through." Patterson said.

Lusk held on to a tenuous 3-point lead at the half 19-16. That lead increased to 4 by the end of the third, 28-24.

The fourth quarter is where all the excitement was.

"Lusk gained an eight-point lead at the beginning fourth quarter and we dug deep and went on a big run to take a two-point lead, 34-32," Patterson said.

Despite a valiant effort by the home team, it was Lusk who pulled away at the end.

"Lusk was able to score on two straight possessions and added a late free throw to take a three-point lead," Patterson said.

Burns had a chance at the end but couldn't get the ball to fall the right way.

"We had a good look at a three pointer to tie it with a couple of seconds left, but couldn't get it to go," the coach said.

Clark once again led the scoring with 15. He was followed by Sharpe with 9, Norris had 4, Ickes, Pyle, and Singh each had 2.


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