Braves overcome halftime deficit, improve to 9-3

January 28, 2012

Bonner Springs' victory against William Chrisman Friday wasn’t as easy as the scoreboard might indicate.

The Braves (10-3) trailed 25-21 at halftime, but dominated the second half en route to a 63-52 win.

Jourdaine Smallwood said the Braves struggled with William Chrisman’s style of play in the first half. Chrisman wanted to run a lot in the basketball game, which created opportunities for second-chance points on offense and forced Bonner Springs into some bad shots.

“The halftime message was go hard,” senior Jourdaine Smallwood said.

The team opened the second half on a 13-3 run and appeared to take control of the game. Smallwood had a couple of steals and Jordan Jackson had back-to-back layups as the momentum shifted in favor of the Braves. With a double-digit lead built, though, the Braves allowed a 9-0 run to make it a two-point game again. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter and the score was 43-38 entering the fourth quarter.

With a 51-46 lead later in the fourth quarter, BJ Watson scored five consecutive points to extend the Braves lead to double digits. He finished with 20 points to lead all scorers.

Foul shooting also was a difference in the game.

Bonner Springs made 21-of-30 foul shots and Chrisman made just 5-of-9 foul shots. The team was led in scoring by Mike Hobbs who finished with 16 points.

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