The Bulldogs came out firing on Friday night as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. A well-timed time out by Coach Ryan Nielson was all it took to settle the Broncos down as they finished the quarter with a 12-5 run, resulting in a deadlock at 12-12 after one quarter.
The game remained close throughout the second quarter but the Broncos were able to build a small lead as they outscored the Bulldogs 14-11 in the second giving San Juan a 26-23 lead at the half.
San Juan has dominated the second half of games this season, especially in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents 202-129 through twelve games.
Friday’s game was no exception as the Broncos posted 22 points while holding the Bulldogs to 13 in the quarter, extending their lead to 12, 48-36. San Juan finished Gunnison off in the fourth quarter outpacing the Bulldogs 19-12 over the final period to secure a 67-48 win.
Four Broncos finished with double digit scoring led by Jordan Blake’s 16 points. Zach Brown and Jaden Torgerson each scored 12 points and Jaxon Lee finished with 10.
Dylan Ivins chipped in eight points, Landon Pemberton had four, while Seth Pugh finished with three points and Luke Palmer scored two points in the win.
Offense was the name of the game in the first quarter Saturday night when San Juan faced off against North Sevier.
The two teams combined for 46 points in the opening period with the Wolves gaining the upper hand taking a 26-20 lead into the second. The Broncos stepped up their defense in the second quarter, holding the Wolves to 6 points while they put up 15 points themselves leading to a three point lead at the half, 35-32.
North Sevier kept things close throughout the second half, but San Juan managed to edge the Wolves in the third quarter by a score of 11-9 and in the fourth quarter 20-17, to pick up their second Region 15 win of the season 56-48.
Blake once again led the Broncos with 24 points, followed by Torgerson’s 14. Brown added nine points while Ivins notched seven just ahead of Lee who finished with 5 points. Pemberton rounded out the scoring for San Juan with four points respectively.
San Juan travels to Moab on Friday, January 13 to take on the Grand Country Red Devils. The game has big implications early in the season, as both teams are 2-0 in Region play.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Broncos take on the Emery Spartans in Castle Dale, UT. Tipoff for both games are slated for 7 p.m.
While the boys stayed in Blanding to host Gunnison and North Sevier, the Lady Broncos hit the road, traveling to Gunnison and Salina, UT to take on the Bulldogs and Wolves.
Against Gunnison, San Juan used a balanced scoring attack with nine players scoring in the game on their way to a 45-28 win.
On Saturday, things didn’t go quite as well for San Juan as the Broncos fell to last year’s 2A Runner-Up, North Sevier 64-32.
On Friday night, neither team was able to get their offenses going in the first quarter, combining for a meager nine points with San Juan scoring five and Gunnison posting four points to start things off.
In the second quarter both offenses faired a bit better with the Broncos scoring 14, four points better than the Bulldog’s 10 points. At the half San Juan led by five points, 19-14.
In the third quarter San Juan padded their lead outscoring Gunnison, 12-6 to give the Broncos an 11-point lead, 31-20 heading into the final period.
The Broncos continued to control the game throughout the fourth quarter as they scored 14 more points while holding the Bulldogs to eight, to claim a 45-28 win in their Region 15 opener.
Megan Grover led all scorers with 12 points for San Juan. Bodell Nielson finished the game with seven points, just ahead of Krystelle Noyes and Ryann Shumway who both has six points respectively.
Delaney Palmer had five points, Jordyn Moon had three and Alexis James, Madison Palmer and Nizhonii Begaye each finished with two points on the night.
On Saturday night San Juan was overpowered by a very good North Sevier team which returned most of their top players from last season’s team which placed second at the 2A State Championships.
The Wolves made short work of the Broncos in the first, exploding for 22 points while San Juan was held to just five points. San Juan kept things closer in the second, but were still outscored 18-12 to go into the half down by 23, 40-17.
Coming out of the half the Broncos first quarter scoring woes returned as they were again held to just five points. The Wolves, however, picked up right where they left off again hitting double digits in the third by scoring 15 to extend their lead to 33 points, 55-22.
San Juan finally outscored North Sevier in the fourth quarter, 10-9 and suffering their first Region 15 loss of the year 64-32.
Delaney Palmer and Bodell Nielson led the Broncos with eight points apiece. Krystelle Noyes and Madison Palmer both scored three points, while Chamique Lopez and Kelesha Gray were joined by Moon and Begaye all scoring two points respectively.
The Lady Broncos next game will be on Thursday, January 12 when they host the Grand County Red Devils. San Juan will be back on the road on Tuesday the 17th when they head to Castle Dale, UT to take on the Emery Spartans. Both games have 7 p.m. tipoffs.
The Bronco wrestling team was in Richfield, UT this past weekend January 6 and 7 competing at the 2A Duels.
Each wrestler wrestled nine matches over the two day tournament in which they gained some valuable experience. Every wrestler on the team came home with at least one win with Yakeisin Tso finished with six wins, Grange Simpson, Coleman Black and Druman Gomez each tallied five wins.
Quentin Billsie picked up four wins, Tyvon Greyeyes had three wins, Josh Lacy two wins and JC Clinger finished the weekend with one win for the Broncos.
San Juan will be back in action January 13 and 14 at the Battle of the Pound Tournament in Gunnison, UT.
On Wednesday, January 18, the Broncos will host the Grand County Red Devils in Blanding, UT. The wrestling begins at 6 p.m.