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Broncs win season opener, lose following three games

 

Jimmie Earls/Pine Bluffs Post

Burns' Klayton Clark looks for an open lane during a season-opening win over Moorcroft last Thursday night.

The Burns Broncs basketball team won their first game of the season and then fell to Wyoming Indian, Wind River and Snake River during the Burns Winter Classic Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The Broncs faced the Moorcroft Wolves their first game of the season and came away with the win by 12 points. Burns trialed behind Moorcroft at the end of the first quarter 10-14, but fought hard in the second quarter to lead at halftime by five points, 26-21. Adding 12 more points on in the third quarter, the Broncs finished the game with scoring an additional 10 points in the fourth to the Wolves' nine points for a game win 48-36.

Leading the Broncs team was Jack Ickes with 15 points, three rebounds, and two steals followed by teammates Klayton Clark and Sam Sharpe who both added 14 points on the scoreboard. Clark also had seven rebounds, two assists and three steals while Sharpe had 11 rebounds, one assist, one block, and three assists.

Chipping in two points each were Aiden Carroll and Alex Pyle. Caroll had two assists, two rebounds, one block and one steal and Pyle had two rebounds. Kolby Humphrey scored one point and had two rebounds and one steal and Brayden Wiesen brought down one rebound and Tyler Norris had three rebounds.

The Broncs competed against the Wyoming Indian Chiefs Friday and even though they fought hard, were defeated. It was a tied game at the end of the first quarter with 11 points on each side of the board. The second quarter the Chiefs scored six more points than the Broncs to lead at halftime, 24-18. Burns scored one more point than Wyoming Indian in the third quarter and fell behind in the fourth quarter by four points. Final score was in the Chiefs' favor 48-39.

Senior Klayton Clark led the team with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal and fellow senior Sam Sharpe added eight points, 12 rebounds, three assists and one block.

Norris put up six points and had four rebounds while teammates Carroll and Pyle each scored four points. Carroll also had one rebound and one steal while Pyle had 12 rebounds and two assists. Ickes contributed three points, three rebounds and one steal and Humphrey had one point, two rebounds, and one assist.

The Broncs went up against Wind River Friday night and lost by 35 points. The Wind River Cougars put up 24 points in the first quarter compared to Burns who made just two points. Second quarter was dominated by the Cougars for a halftime score of 43-10. The game continued to go in favor of the Cougars as they put up 19 points in the third quarter and Burns added 10 to their score. The fourth quarter the Broncs were able to stop Wind River from scoring, but could only get another seven points on the scoreboard for a final score of 27-62.

With a high nine points, Clark led the team in scoring and also had five rebounds and four assists followed by Sharpe who put up seven points, seven rebounds and one assist. Ickes also had seven points.

Pyle and Norris added two points apiece. Pyle brought down one rebound and had one block while Norris grabbed six rebounds and had three assists with one block. . Wiesen had one rebound and one assist while teammate Carroll had one rebound. Humphrey grabbed one rebound and made one steal.

The last game during the Winter Classic for the Burns Broncs was that on Saturday evening when they took on Snake River and the Broncs fell to the Rattlers by a mere six points after a close game. An intense first quarter had the Broncs trailing by one point and at halftime Burns was down by five points 20-25. Coming back in the third quarter, the Broncs were able to put up 13 points compared to the 11 points on the Rattlers side. With being down just by three points at the start of the fourth quarter, Burns couldn't contain Snake River who won the game by a six-point margin, 44-50.

Ickes had an impressive 18 points leading Burns and also had three rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals while Clark added 11 points, three rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Norris put nine points on the board with four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Sharpe contributed six points, six rebounds, two assists and three blocks while teammate Pyle brought down six rebounds with one assist. Carroll had one rebound, one assist and one steal.

Burns Head Coach Sean Patterson said, "We saw the caliber of team we can become this weekend, but we must strive to be more consistent on both ends of the court. We handled the press of Wyoming Indian and Wind River very well at times. The defensive end of the court will have to mean more to us in the future if we want to become successful."

Patterson also continued to say that the junior varsity team went one and one over the weekend, losing to Wind River and defeating Shoshoni. The Freshman/Sophomore team began their season with a loss to Wind River over the weekend.

Patterson said the team has been working hard in practice throughout the week in preparation for the Lusk Jamboree.

The Broncs will compete against Arvada at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Lusk High School followed by a game with the Cheyenne Central Sophomore team at 8 p.m. at the Lusk Elementary School. The team will compete against Greybull at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the high school.

The junior varsity Broncs team will play Glenrock beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the elementary building and then on Saturday, will compete against Greybull at 3:30 p.m. also at the elementary building.

 

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