Broncos unable to overcome first quarter deficit in loss to MHC

Broncos unable to overcome first quarter deficit in loss to MHC

The Olds College Broncos men's basketball team lost 85-72 to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in the Make Some Noise for Mental Health Game Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Ralph Klein Centre.

The Broncos were off to a rough going into their second match-up of the weekend against the Rattlers. The only points they could get from the first quarter came from Landon Parrington and Tevaugn Atlan-Bourassa. They also were into some foul trouble early on gathering five fouls with a couple minutes to spare. This was mostly likely due to their aggressive defense but the only person they were allowing to score consistently was Keiron Burgess who accumulated 11 points in the first quarter. The score at the end of the quarter was 24-9 for the Rattlers.

Starting the end of the first half was more optimistic for the Broncos as they were starting to connect on their open shots and allowing nothing easy inside from the Rattlers. They pulled the game within a few baskets but the Rattlers would continue to try to push the floor and play aggressively on both sides of the court. The half ended 41-26 for MHC.

The Broncos really started to get into their rhythm and were showing that this wasn't going to be an easy win for the Rattlers. Throughout most of the next period Landon Parrington (10/13 in the quarter) and Muktar Mohamed really started to bring the spark their offense needed. The guards on the floor were also demonstrating the Broncos depth in skill through their perimeter shots to bring the score closer that much quicker. By the two minute mark the Broncos had brought the score to 55-48 for the Rattlers. The thing that was separating them at this point was the Broncos ability to continue to defend and box out a little bit more. The Rattlers finished the quarter by extending the lead to 16 through some drives to the inside that resulted in baskets as well as foul shots. They had also reached three fouls while the Broncos had five with a couple minutes to spare.

The final period of play was set-up to be an interesting one regardless as both teams had most if not all their best players on to try and either mount a comeback or seal the win. Scoring started off right away with the Broncos going down and scoring on their first few possessions most notably with Landon Parrington and Muktar Mohamed again proving that this was anyone's game to win. The biggest problem for the Broncos was their ability to defend Medicine Hat's outside shot which was really hot for them at this point with Eidan Jonker scoring both his first three-point attempts of the quarter. Landon Parrington had reached 30 points only a couple of minutes into the quarter and his transition into both sides of the floor was apparent as he was scoring from everywhere and putting in some strong defense as well. In the end they just didn't have enough time to finish the comeback as the Rattlers took the game 85-72.

Your Pit Barbeque Player of the Game for the Olds Broncos was Landon Parrington with a game high 30 points to go with six rebounds, and the Player of the Game was Kieron Burgess for the Rattlers with a team high 17 points and game high 13 rebounds.

The Broncos led the game in in blocks 3-0, while Medicine Hat held the edge in rebounds 41-39, and steals 15-7. Both teams had 17 assists. Game leaders for the Broncos were Colton Murrell with a game high 13 rebounds.

The Broncos host St. Mary's University Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 pm for Family Weekend Celebration night

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