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January 14, 2014

Bronchos regroup, will take on Verden

CENTRAL HIGH — Central High boys basketball has to regroup fast for its home game against Verden.

Losing last year to the team, the Bronchos don’t want any hangover from its 60-55 loss to Velma-Alma in the Black Diamond final Saturday. Coach John Nease talked in practice Monday about how important the team focuses on the end goal.

“One game doesn’t define our season, and what we’re doing,” Nease said. “We’ve got to learn from our mistakes and move on. We can learn just as much from a loss as a win.”

The Bronchos shot out to a 11-point halftime lead, but was unable to get its offense going in the second half only scoring 14 points. Nease said there was a lot of good, but that it’s tough because the team thought they had the trophy. He thinks being in that situation will prepare them better for the next time though.

“It only helps prepare us for playoffs, when every night it comes down to win you keep going or lose and you go home,” Nease said. “Every chance we get to play in a close game with a good team, play a quality opponent or play on a good stage like that, it’s going to help us learn for down the road.”

It was an added bonus that many of the players usually got reserved to the bench were able to play in the Black Diamond tournament, even before the championship game. The second round game against Apache included a combined total of 54 fouls, which meant a lot of starters on both sides were being forced to the bench.

“To be able to go down your bench, it gives me as a coach a little more freedom,” Nease said. “It can give those first guys enough of a break that they go in the fourth quarter as hard as they did in the first quarter. When you play a fast-pace game you need depth on your bench.”

Nease said Verden will try and push the pace and use its athleticism to hurry the Bronchos. This doesn’t trouble Central High too much as it usually likes to speed the game up as well.

The girls basketball team was eliminated in the second round of the Black Diamond tournament on Friday.

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