The Bishop Broncos are playing tough and strong, but still fell to the Frazier Mountain Falcons, 65-76, Tuesday night.
The Falcons’ biggest weapons were Andrew Penner, who couldn’t miss from beyond the 3-point line and, Nick Pilgram who leads the High Desert League in scoring with over 21 points a game.
“We just couldn’t stop Pilgram,” said coach Jon Michener. “We were scoring, but the Falcons owned the boards.”
Bishop pulled out to an early 9-2 lead off field goals from Cy Scott, Cody Rigney and a 3-pointer from Anthony Tucker.
With less than two minutes left in the first quarter, the Falcons tied the game up at 14-14, then took the lead. Qui Barlow’s trip to the foul line pulled the Broncos even at 16-16 going into the second quarter.
Bishop edged ahead 18-17 early in the quarter but the Falcons rebounded with seven unanswered points.
Anthony Tucker and Barlow went on a scoring drive, drawing the Broncos to within 3 points before Pilgram pulled the Falcons away from the foul line.
At the half, the Broncos trailed by seven at 33-40.
The Broncos matched points with the Falcons through the second half, but couldn’t close the gap.
Barlow led the Broncos scoring with 25; Scott scored 16; Tucker hit for 11 and was tough on defense with nine rebounds and five steals. Tanner Kruse and Rigney scored five each and Daron Spoonhunter scored two points.
The Broncos meet Kern Valley tonight at home before taking to the road for the final league games against Rosamond and Desert.