By Mike Bruu, TSB Staff
On a night when the McKinney Boyd boys basketball players honored their parents and loved ones, it was only fitting they would give them an effort to be very proud of.
With just over a minute remaining in the Broncos’ 42-40 loss to Garland Lakeview Centennial on Tuesday night, Boyd took its first lead since early in the second quarter. It happened thanks to a layup by Chris Stanton, and the scored stood 40-38.
Though Lakeview (14-10 overall, 6-2 in District 10-5A) quickly tied it at 40, it was called for an over-the-back foul with 49 seconds remaining, which gave the Broncos two crucial free throws. Mikel Parish missed both of attempts, but the defense helped him out on the other end and gave Boyd the ball back with what seemed to be the final possession of the game. However, Lakeview’s Jide Aina picked off a pass, and with less than four seconds remaining, Aina drove the ball to the hoop and laid it up just as the buzzer sounded in front of a stunned home crowd at Boyd.
The Broncos are 16-9 overall and fell to 3-5 in 10-5A. And despite a missed opportunity to greatly enhance their playoff chances, Boyd coach Dean Christian was plenty proud of the effort and tenacity — not to mention the overall improvement his team has shown during this season.
“You can see why we are in contention,” Christian said, “because those kids just play hard, they play together. They’re battlers, they’re fighters out there.”
You couldn’t call this game an offensive shootout between these two squads, largely in part to the aggressive nature of both defenses to force turnovers and keep everything in front of them. Boyd saw a constant full-court press from Lakeview, which forced the Broncos into several turnovers and points for the Patriots. However, Boyd’s adjustments between man-to-man and zone looks kept the Patriots offense from establishing any type of rhythm, something Christian expected the second time through a district opponent.
“You expect these low scoring games because everyone has film and you’ve played each other once,” Christian said. “So your game prep is to shut down the obvious things, and now games are won by the second, third, fourth options.”
The style of game play we all would see was evident early, when neither team hit double digits after the first eight minutes. In fact, tied 7-7 after one quarter, no team scored a point until Boyd’s field goal put the Broncos ahead by two with 5:08 left in the half. For much of the first half, Boyd’s half-court offense was left the play around the perimeter, where it would have to settle for long jump shots and three-pointers. Daylon Markham, who finished with a team high 13 points, and Parish, who had 9 points, both were spark plugs for the Broncos throughout the half and did a great job at getting other players involved in the offense.
Trailing 19-12 at the half, the Boyd players and staff didn’t return onto the court until the final buzzer sounded that signaled the end of halftime. The halftime adjustments must have worked, because the Broncos would outscore the Patriots 13-10 in the quarter and pull within four.
While the result was not something any Boyd fan wants to remember, the parents of all the players will have a much different memory that involves a very touching pregame ceremony in honor of Parents Night.
“We just honored our parents tonight. It’s a good thing to do,” said Christian, regarding the ceremony. “The kids all took time out of practice the other day to make a card to write some thank you information to their parents, just because kids don’t really do those things nowadays, you know?”
It’s safe to say that while the results on the scoreboard was not what the Broncos had in mind, the effort and fight showed by those young men is something every Bronco relative, student, or fan should be proud of and appreciate.
McKinney Boyd must now travel to Garland (8-16, 4-4) Friday night in what has become a must-win situation for the Broncos in order to stay in the hunt for the final playoff spot in District 10-5A. Game time is approximately 7:30 p.m.