The McKinney Boyd Broncos scored just four points in the first half Friday against Allen High School.
The Eagles – the No. 18 ranked 5A boys basketball team in Texas – would go on to crush the Broncos 62-29 at Boyd, but despite the score, Boyd head coach Jason Burton was pleased with how his team played.
“As crazy as this sounds – we only scored 4 points in the first half – but we didn’t play bad,” Burton said. “We couldn’t hit a shot to save our life.”
Continuing a trend that has followed Boyd all season, the Broncos were slow out of the gate, falling behind Allen 18-0 after the first quarter and 38-4 at the break.
Boyd missed 11 free throws in the first half along with numerous open shots, and Burton said the lack of offensive punch affected his team on the defensive end.
“When you see some balls go in the bucket, you start to feel a little bit better about yourself on defense,” he said.
While Boyd was able to muster 4 points, its first field goal came at the 7:18 mark of the 3rd quarter – a three-pointer from Colton Head to make it 41-7.
Despite being down by double-digits the entire night, Boyd outscored Allen in the second half 25-24 and 17-4 in the fourth quarter.
“They played hard – they played hard to the very end so that’s the one thing I say about that. I’m proud of them for that,” Burton said.
Allen (17-3, 1-0), however, was too much for a young Boyd squad that started two freshmen and had five sophomores on the roster Friday night.
Burton said Allen’s heavy pressure in the halfcourt and in the defensive end was a “wake-up call” to some of his freshman.
“They weren’t ready for that level of pressure yet. We’ll be more prepared for that next time,” Burton said.
In addition to an already youthful roster, Burton called up junior varsity members Cole Fox and Imari Handy, and said he was pleased with how both played with confidence.
Burton said Fox, who scored 3 points Friday, has the ability to knock down some shots and added Handy did well hitting some shots beyond the arc in the fourth quarter.
Handy finished the game with 6 points, while senior Nick Barber led Boyd with 7 points.
Burton said Barber gave Boyd a nice presence in the paint and on the glass, but noted he should have been getting more looks in the first half.
Head recorded 5 points and Daniel Grant contributed 4 points.
Senior Bryon Harrison left the game with around four minutes left in the 4th quarter after injuring his right knee going up for dunk. Burton said he suspects Harrison hyperextended his knee and expects him to be fine for moving forward.
And with Boyd sitting at 1-16 on the season, Burton said he will shake up the starting lineup and expects some of the younger players and JV call-ups will get more time.
“It’s going to be wide open. It’s going to be competitive,” Burton said. “Whoever shows up to play that night will play.”
Boyd will continue its 10-5A action when they travel to take on Plano East Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Photos by Jennifer Santos