Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bonner loses opener to host at tourney

January 22, 2009

Mired in a losing streak going into the Baldwin Tournament, the Bonner Springs Braves got no sympathy from its opening-round opponent Tuesday night.

Bonner drew the host school Baldwin and fell by a score of 87-74. The loss was the fifth straight for the 2-8 Braves.

There are some common themes in the losing streak: the opposing team’s size and cold shooting. Tuesday night was no exception.

After falling behind 16-4 early on in the first quarter, BSHS cut the deficit to only three by the start of the second quarter.

“That’s when the wheels fell off,” said coach Ryan Hull. “I mean the bottom completely fell out. We didn’t make any shots at all and really fell behind.”

With a terrible second quarter and a sluggish start to the second half, BSHS trailed by 31 points.

Facing their second straight 40-point defeat, the Braves decided to start playing hard again. Led by sophomore guard Kyle Day, the Braves mounted a furious comeback — at one point they cut the deficit to 10.

Unfortunately it was too little too late on this night.

“We didn’t do too much wrong tonight,” Hull said. “But until we can get all the guys to buy in to the fact that with the system we run we are never out of a game, we may struggle to win. I think they are starting to realize what we are talking about, and I thought it was evident in the second half tonight. We can build from this experience.”

Bonner is slated to take on Anderson County at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the second round of the Baldwin Tournament.

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