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Broncos stay undefeated with EPAC victory

Floyd builds 14 point lead over Logan, holds on to advance

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It only seemed that Floyd had a well-balanced attack in the first half of an EPAC quarterfinal game on Wednesday. That’s because it seemed everyone on the court for the Broncos was able to score against Logan in the first two quarters.

Appearances were deceiving as most of those buckets came close to the hoop.

Thanks to some true offensive balance, the ability to hit outside shots, Floyd (9-0) was able to hold off the Longhorns 45-43 and keep its unblemished record. The Broncos had opened up a 31-17 lead at half and seemed firmly in control, but the openings in the paint weren’t as readily available in the last two quarters and the victors needed some timely 3-pointers by J’Kobie Lee and Hunter Terry to keep Logan (5-6) at bay. 

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 “We tried to do too much (in the second half), got a little crazy,” said Floyd junior Leon Mendoza, the game’s leading scorer with 13.  “We were just trying to make things happen that weren’t there.”

Logan took advantage of tighter defense by chipping away at the double-digit advantage. The Longhorns, led by sophomore Rylan Calbert’s 12 points, chopped the lead down to six with 2:13 left in the third. That’s when Mendoza hit a shot, Floyd’s first score of the period, which was followed by consecutive treys by Lee to put the Broncos up 39-25.

Midway through the fourth quarter, after Logan scored the period’s first 11 points, a three from Blake Strack trimmed the advantage down to only three points. At that juncture, Terry temporarily stymied the Longhorns’ comeback with a 3-pointer. 

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“I think we were doing a better job of getting back, not letting them get easy layups, because in the first half they were getting easy putbacks and layups,” Logan coach Billy Burns said. “Then we got some shots to go and kind of turned the momentum around.”

The change-of-tide for the Longhorns wasn’t complemented by enough time on the clock, however.

After a pair of free throws by Strack with :54 remaining made the score 45-43, Logan had a couple of opportunities in the closing seconds. Calbert, though, missed on a couple of drives into the lane and, as time ran out, Floyd’s Chet Chenault stripped the ball away from a pair of Longhorns to preserve the victory.

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 Chenault and Lee finished with ten points each for Floyd, which will play Friday at 8:30 p.m. in an EPAC semifinal at Greyhound Arena. Floyd coach Rafael Roybal noted that Chenault, who played well in the first half but was scoreless i the second, was sick during the game.

“I guess one of my kids had a real bad stomach and was hurting the whole time, though he didn’t say anything,” Roybal said. “We’re still pretty young and it’s difficult for some of my kids to handle some of the pressure they’re going to have to handle.

“It’s early in the year and we’re hoping to correct that,” he added.

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