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The Broncos basketball team lost, 48-40, in Kern Valley Friday.
After a strong 3-0 start in High Desert League, the Broncos have hit a rough patch on the road.
Injuries havenâ€™t helped.Qui Barlow went out in mid-season with a knee injury and 6-foot-5 Darren Spoonhunter broke his hand in practice two days before the Kern Valley game.
Bishopâ€™s defense against KV was strong in the second half, but the teamâ€™s offense never really kicked in.
Kern Valley went ahead 15-0 with Bishopâ€™s first point, a free throw from Jerry Castillo, coming with two minutes left in the quarter.
That point opened up an 8-point drive by Bishop, ending with a 3-pointer from Jarred Ruelas.
The Broncos ended the quarter down by 9 at 8-17, a point deficit they never could close.
Bishop opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers from Kyle Miller and Ruelas. Then, Kern Valley ran up 10 unanswered points, ending the half with an 11-point advantage at 24-35.
The Broncos outscored Kern Valley by 3 points in the third quarter. The defense held KV to single-digit scores in the half, but the hole was too deep.
Bishop is tied for third place with Rosamond; the top three league teams are guaranteed a spot in the CIF playoffs. Bishop faces Rosamond tonight at 7:30 p.m. on home court and the HDL-leading Desert Scorpions come to town Thursday.
Jarred Ruelas: 14 pts., 4 rebs.
Cy Scott: 13 pts., 4 rebs.
Jerry Castillo: 5 pts., 4 rebs.
Kyle Miller: 5 pts.
Carl Olson: 3 pts.