Black Diamond Classic gets under way: Bronchos go inside to knock off Dibble

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By Todd Brooks
Jan 10, 2013 - 9:04:45 AM

LADY BRONCHOS WINThe outside game was not working for the Central High Bronchos, so they went inside. It paid off in a big way at the Black Diamond Tournament in Rush Springs.
After trailing Dibble 9-7 at the end of the first quarter, Central High got its offense going by driving to the basket and getting the ball to the post and a two-point first quarter deficit turned into an 11-point halftime advantage.
It was all Bronchos from that point on.
“We came off Saturday where we had a slow offensive game, and we talked about when something is not working we’ve got to change,” Central High coach John Nease said. “We’ve got to be able to adapt and let the offense work for us.
“At first we came outside and our outside shots weren’t falling, and we adapted. We went out in the second quarter and did what we were talking about. We let our offense work and started going to the goal.
“I felt like our defense did fine in the first half. They hit some good shots, but we just had to get it going. After a two week Christmas break, it’s hard to get back in a basketball groove.”
The Bronchos played good team ball, distributing the ball to open teammates instead of taking the shot themselves, which Nease said is typical of his team.
“I’ve been preaching that since day one,” the coach said. “We need to play as a unit, and not play as individuals, and they’ve embraced that, and they’ve embraced it since the beginning. They are not concerned about individual stats.
“We’ve got kidsthat can step into that role of being one person, but they are very good about sharing the ball and understanding that it is bigger than that. It is bigger than one player.”
Central High took the lead in the second quarter on an acrobatic shot by Darrin Fallin to put his team up 12-11 and the Bronchos would never trail again.
They outscored the Dibble 24-11 in the second then followed it up with a 26-8 pounding in the third quarter.
Central High (8-3) was led by Kevin Harris with 20 points, followed by Fallin with 18, Zarek Hickman, 9; Connor Albiston, 6; John Repp, 4; and Wade Farmer, 4.
The Bronchos play Sterling, a winner over Bray-Doyle in Tuesday’s late game, in the semifinals Friday at 5:45 p.m.

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