|Lakin boys hold off Stanton County |
Posted Date: 12/18/2017
Lakin boys hold off Stanton County
To say the Throwback Night atmosphere in the old Lakin High School gym was electric would about right.
The 32-minute style of coach Nate Schmitt’s Broncs was enough to hold off charges from a scrappy Stanton County team, 68-58.
Down 14-5 early, the Trojans found a way to claw their way back into the game, cutting the lead to three at the first break.
But Lakin caught fire again and took the lead to 24-13, only to see the Trojans mount another mini-charge to close within six, 26-20.
The Broncs, leading 33-24 at halftime, found the first four minutes of the third quarter hard to score, scoring just once in six possessions, a 3-pointer from Hunter Kirby.
Once again, Stanton County mounted a charge, scoring six unanswered points to pull within six again.
They did it again later in the quarter, closing to 40-34, before Lakin closed out on a 10-3 run to take a 50-37 lead at the break.
And the Trojans answered with a 6-0 run to close to within seven, and eventually three (56-53) when Fransisco Corrales hit a three with 2:35 to play.
But with under two minutes to play, the Broncs, who put up 31 three-pointers for the game, found gold at the free throw, shooting pairs of them on their final six possessions, hitting 10 of 12 to get their fifth win of the season.
Kirby led the Broncs with 21 points. Diego Davila had 19 and Fernando Chavez 14.
Creed Puyear led all scorers with 26 points, all but two of those coming after the first quarter when the Lakin defense was able to contain the Trojan big man.
For Schmitt, it was a draining but satisfying game as his Broncs improved to 5-1.
“It was a great atmosphere. It was a great game,” he said. “Stanton County has a heck of a team. It was past-paced and up-tempo.”
Lakin started out hot, scoring on five of its first six possessions, which included draining four of 10 three-point attempts.
Chavez and Khai Hernandez led with eight rebounds each.
Davila had nine assists.
Davila, Kirby and Dominic Daniels each took charges.