Saturday , 26 May 2018

Mike Albanese: Despite Struggles, Broncos’ Season Still In Front of Them

The 2013 season has not gone according to plan for the McKinney Boyd boys’ basketball team.

A mixture of youth, inexperience, lack of size and a tough schedule has brought the Broncos’ record to 1-11 under first-year coach Jason Burton.

Besides the football field, District 10-5A is no joke in 2013 when it comes to basketball, as Allen is ranked No. 18 and Plano West is No. 5 in 5A-Texas standings.

But don’t fear, Boyd still has the ability to make a run and turn its season around.

After all, you only need to be in the top-four.

For Boyd, however, the uphill climb will be an Everest-like ascent, as it fields just three seniors and lack experience at the point guard position and size inside.

mike albanese column mugAnd that was on display Dec. 13 when Justin Northwest rolled Boyd 71-49 before the Christmas break. The Texans dominated the perimeter, dropping 3-pointers and controlling the paint.

The Broncos, though, would come to life in the second half and won the final 16 minutes 30-22. Boyd has shown at times to be capable and able to compete with teams bigger and more talented than them, but the question is can they do it within 10-5A.

Boyd will open district play Jan. 10 when it hosts Allen, but follows that with games against McKinney High (5-7) and Plano East (7-5).

While it may look like the one-win Broncos have little chance to make noise in 10-5A, Boyd is capable of making a run and surprising many in district play.

Despite youth, Boyd brings several talented pieces to the game, with Colton Head able to hit 3-pointers from the outside, Nick Harper showing the capability of playing in the post and Al Hernandez giving the team solid minutes.

To compete, Boyd must cut down on the mental mistakes, turnovers and slow starts that have plagued this team through the first 12 games of the season.

Does that Dec. 13 game against Justin Northwest turn out different if Northwest doesn’t score more than 20 points in the first quarter? I think so.

And no doubt beating the likes of Allen, Plano West and even Plano Senior (6-3) may be a stretch, but Boyd has the ability to compete and defeat the likes of MHS and Plano East.

But to make the playoffs, they need to do just enough to make the cut. And when Jan. 10 opens the 10-5A schedule, it is a new season.

Despite the record, the youth and lack of size, Boyd will have the same record as everyone else next month: 0-0.

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