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The Bishop Broncos and Lone Pine Eagles started off their pre-league basketball seasons Tuesday night with a bang.
In a four-game marathon that included boys and girls teams, both varsity and junior varsity, the Lone Pine boys won and the Bishop girls won.
Final scores: Boys varsity, â€“ Lone Pine 78, Bishop 58; Girls varsity â€“ Bishop 40, Lone Pine 35; Boys junior varsity â€“ Lone Pine 51, Bishop 46; Girls junior varsity â€“ Bishop 40, Lone Pine 15.
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles got on the board first with a 3-pointer, a quick indication of the Eaglesâ€™ fast-paced game plan.
Bishop settled into the game after an early time-out and answered Lone Pineâ€™s aggressive play, pulling to within two-points at 12-10.
The first quarter ended with at 15-10, Lone Pine lead.
The Eaglesâ€™ accuracy from the free-throw line put Lone Pine ahead 22-14 early in the second quarter.
Both teams showed their accuracy with an exchange of 3-point shots, but Lone Pineâ€™s consistency under the boards moved the score to 43-25 at the half.
The Eaglesâ€™ Robert Hunter, Umberta Romero and Neil Bhakta all hit the net for 3-pointers.
Lone Pine controlled the ball for the first minute-and-a-half of the third quarter, but failed to score.
Both teams nearly matched point for point, but the Eagles moved ahead 59-38 at the end of the quarter.
The Eaglesâ€™ Hunter went on a tear early in the final quarter, but was answered by a fired-up Bishop team. Bishop drew to within 12-points at 68-56 with 3-pointers from Cy Soctt and Anthony Tucker.
Lone Pineâ€™s lead was too great and the time too short. The game ended with a 78-58 win for the Eagles.
With eight Bishop basketball players still wearing cleats, pads and helmets, Broncosâ€™coach Jon Michener, was pleased with what he saw at Tuesdayâ€™s game.
â€śWeâ€™ll get stronger,â€ť he said. â€śWe were aggressive and got stronger as the game went on. Weâ€™re just a step slow on defense and erratic on offense but weâ€™ll grow from here.â€ť
The game against Lone Pine was the first scrimmage of the season for the Broncos. â€śWe havenâ€™t had enough guys for a scrimmage,â€ť Michener said. â€śWe donâ€™t have most of our team, but Lone Pine played a good game, they shot well. They just beat us.â€ť
Bronco high scorers were Anthony Tucker with 19 points, Cy Scott, 14 and Alex Barlow with 11.
The Bishop Lady Broncosâ€™ aggressive defense dominated Lone Pine Lady Eagles in what was a relatively low-scoring but fast-paced game.
Down by nine at the end of the first quarter, Lone Pine fought its way to a 24-24 tie at the third quarter buzzer.
Bishop came back strong in the final 8-minutes of play with nine unanswered points. The Broncos held onto that lead until the final seconds of play when the Eagles racked up five quick points.
Final score: Bishop 40, Lone Pine 35.
â€śWeâ€™re happy to start with a win,â€ť said Broncos coach Gerald Howard. â€śWe were rough, we have to work on the basics, turn-overs and lay-ups, but itâ€™s a good start. We stayed out of foul trouble.â€ť
Lady Eagles coach Sonny Lindsey conceded that Bishopâ€™s program was significantly improved and admitted that his team was struggling offensively.
â€śWe have a lot of talent on the team,â€ť he said, â€śwe just were making mistakes. When the snow melts, weâ€™ll have a good team.â€ť