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January 31, 2014

Continuing to improve key for Bronchos

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

CENTRAL HIGH — Central High boys basketball rebounded from two straight come from behind losses at the Stephens County Tournament with a 70-50 win at Rush Springs on Tuesday.

The Bronchos headed into the matchup thinking they were going to have a chance to improve their game against a zone defense, but the Redskins preferred to run a box and one.

“We heard they were going to (run a zone),” Hickman said. “Right before the game they changed it to the box and one, and the face-guarded Kevin Harris.”

Still the Bronchos got the win and they’ll get a chance to face the zone when they travel to Ninnekah on Friday. Sophomore Ian Hickman is focused on improving certain aspects of the team’s offense.

“We need to work on our ball-movement,” Hickman said. “That’s something we’ve been lacking a lot lately.”

Coach John Nease echoed Hickman’s sentiments about those improvements, but was pleased with what happened at Rush Springs. He said he saw some of that superior ball-movement taking  shape instead of the team relying on players to drive to the basket while being guarded.

After getting up early, Nease was able to use his bench to greater affect than he had done in the last few games. It has become a strength for the team o be able to bring players like John Rosenthal and Joseph Flood on the court when the starters need a breather.

Hickman was especially complementary of the progress Flood has made as the team’s three-point shooting specialist.

“At the beginning of year he was timid,” Hickman said. “Now he’s getting more comfortable, and it’s at the point where if you give him time, he’s going to knock down a three.”

The girls lost to No. 19 Rush Springs 55-24, but coach Chad Weldon isn’t worried. He’s happy the team got to see that level of competition, because that’s the level he wants Central High to be at.

“It makes us better, and that’s what we’re looking for right now,” Weldon said. “Next time we face a team like that we’ll be better.”

The Bronchos are in a different position then they are accustomed to. Normally at this point they would be looking toward playoffs and trying to determine what their seeding will be. This year, the team got off to a rough start and is looking just to pick up a couple of wins.

“We’re young and we’ll be back up there,” Weldon said. “Right now we’re just getting better at each game.”