Jake Mclarney, Olds College Athlete
Olds, AB – Olds College Broncos men's basketball team lost 118-84 in the Graduating student-athlete Appreciation night Saturday, February 29, 2020at the Ralph Klein Centre.
Both sides started off quite strong with great ball movement and defensive positioning. Ambrose started to take the lead a few minutes in but the Broncos were never far behind. The outside game was working really well for the Broncos early on with all the Broncos guards hitting one seven minutes into the quarter. They were also dominating the defensive paint and not letting any easy boards go without a fight. The score was 20-19 for the Broncos as they called the first timeout of the game. As both teams continued to shoot from deep for many of their possessions, towards the end the Lions were starting to convert more of their outside shots and the Broncos were beginning to figure out the means to penetrating the inside of the Ambrose defense. After 10 minutes the score was 27-25 for Ambrose.
The start of the second quarter was similar to the end of the first as Ambrose was containing well but the Broncos were continuing to move the ball around well and hit their outside shots. Ambrose were continuing to play tough defense despite the Broncos forcing them to respect their long range attempts, but neither team were able to gain an extensive lead in the first half with Ambrose being up by 13 with two minutes left. The half ended 64-52 for the Lions with Sylvan Lombo scoring a three-point buzzer beater to emphasize the Lions' first half performance.
The Broncos had been starting off their quarters strong but this was Ambrose's turn to work the floor. They had been making occasional inside buckets when they broke down the Broncos defense previously, but they were starting to create an insurmountable lead earlier on. The first timeout of the half was called by the Broncos to try and regain focus while there was still time. Notable players for the Lions were Issac Amsing with 23 points and eight rebounds and ex-Bronco Linden Jackson who put up 11 points, two rebounds and earned five assists a few minutes into the 3rd. The Broncos also had some impressive individual stats with Muktar Mohamed helping the offense in his usual fashion, Ben Nelson hitting four 3-pointers, and Alec Hillman earning a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds before the final period.
The game was still in reach at the start of the fourth quarter but the Broncos would have to lead an impressive charge to have a chance at coming back. They were putting up offensive numbers and not allowing any easy cuts into the middle, but the Lions were still sinking their outside shots and sometimes getting the second chance boards. Ambrose also rotated a significant amount of bench players in so they had fresh legs to help stop the break and put in some easy buckets of their own. With only a few minutes to go it didn't seem likely the Broncos would steal a win, but they played hard nonetheless and didn't allow Ambrose to continue extending their lead substantially. By the end of the game the score was 118-84.
Player of the game for Ambrose was Issac Amsing with a game high 29 points 11 rebounds. the Pit Barbecue Player of the Game for the Broncos with seven rebounds two assists, and a team high 24 points was Muktar Mohamed.
Ambrose led the game in rebounds 45-27, assists 32-21, steals 22-12 and blocks 2-0.
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