Despite a tough loss to the Kern Valley Broncs, the Bishop Broncos’ night wasn’t all bad as High Desert League play winds down to its final game tonight.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, Bishop was tied for the league championship with the Rosamond Roadrunners at 6-2. Both were a game ahead of third place Kern Valley.
Bishop fell to 6-3; Kern rose to 6-3. Then, low and behold, the Rosamond Roadrunners fell to 6-3 with a loss to the Frazier Mountain Falcons.
It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings and she’ll be doing a lot of vocalizing Thursday night. The Broncos travel to Rosamond, hoping to do on the road what they did at home – beat the Roadrunners. Kern hosts Desert hoping not to do at home what it did on the road at Edwards Air Force Base – get stung by the Scorpions.
Desert struggled early in league play but has been on a streak in the final half. Bishop certainly hopes that streak stays alive long enough to deliver a serious whammy to Kern Valley.
However many scenarios you can cobble together, the Broncos will make it to the CIF playoffs, a major coup for the program, team and coach.
The Broncos loss to Kern Valley was rough to watch. Maybe there’s such a thing as wanting the win too much. Bishop lost the contest in the third quarter, scoring just 3 points from Kyle Miller.
The 39-47 loss, though hard to take in the final home game of the regular season, was a ton better than the clubbing the Broncos took at Kern, Jan. 18. The Broncos could get around a tough Kern defense, but there just seemed to be a closed lid on the basket.
“The game was hard fought on both ends,” said coach Ben Arcularius. “The kids played good defense throughout the game. We just went cold at the wrong time. We were able to get good shots but couldn’t get anything to fall.”
Bishop took the early lead with a field goal from Cy Scott and a shot from the free throw line. Under heavy pressure from the Broncos, Kern nearly ran the shot clock down before scoring its first bucket.
The score stood at 8-14 in the final minute. Anthony Martinez scored to narrow the lead. As the buzzer sounded, Scott’s big lob slid through the net and Bishop was within a point at 13-14.
The Broncos went into the second period with a serious adrenaline surge, out rebounding Kern but having difficulty converting the turnovers into points. Jose Jimenez put 4 quick points on the board in mid-period to give Bishop a 19-16 lead; Jarred Ruelas extended that lead 21-16 before Kern could strike back.
At the buzzer, Bishop and Kern were tied 23-all.
Kyle Miller landed a 3-pointer to give Bishop a 26-25 lead early in the third period and that was it for the Broncos. Kern jumped out to a 26-33 lead going into the final quarter.
The Broncos couldn’t close the gap, though they played out the final minute as if they could.
Tonight’s game in Rosamond will be broadcast on KBOV; tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m. but the actual time is determined by the two preceding games.
Cy Scott: 16 pts., 13 rebs.
Kyle Miller: 8 pts.
Jarred Ruelas: 7 pts.
Jose Jimenez: 4 pts.
Roman Amisone: 2 pts., 4 rebs.
Anthony Martinez: 2 pts.