|Borden picks up two conference wins|
Friday night the Borden Braves hosted the South Central Rebels and picked up the first win of the weekend 62 to 45. Borden then traveled to Crothersville to play the Tigers coming away with their second win 65 to 54.
Borden opened up to take a 7-0 lead against the Rebels with a strong zone defense. It kept the Rebels slight height advantage in check but the Rebels fought back to trail 11-7 at the end of the quarter. Both teams combined for nine turnovers and the game was a little out of control.
In the second Borden settled down, cut their turnovers and ran their offense. Lead by under classmen Noah Hart and Nathen Bachman, Borden advanced to a 27 to 14 lead by the half.
South Central sparked back to life in the third with better control of the rebounding and better shot selection to close the gap to just seven points, 35 – 28 Borden.
In the fourth both teams were frantic to pull away or catch up. Borden did get back to rebounding but again the turnovers were high on both sides. Caleb Hart scored 9 of his 17 points in fourth to help fuel the Braves past the Rebels 52 to 45.
After the game Borden coach Nash commented, “It was an ugly game but still a win. We ran a selfish offense. I thought both Riley Gray and Bachman played well above norm.”
Leading scorers for Borden were Caleb Hart 17, Bachman 12 and Gray with 11.
Leading scorers for South Central were Goferth 17 and Goodwinn with 12.
Saturday night the Braves traveled to Crothersville to take on the Tigers. The Tigers came out with two threes and a basket to take an 8-0 lead. Borden answered with the same as Caleb Hart hit the first of three threes for the quarter to tie the game up half way through the quarter. Despite a height advantage the Braves rebounded with the Tigers to end the quarter almost even 14-15 Crothersville.
In the second Borden picked up 23 points from six players and two more threes from Hart who played only half the quarter. Taking advantage of too many turnovers by the Tigers the Braves lead 37-30 by the half.
In the second half the Tigers continued to turn the ball over. The Braves opened up to a 54-46 lead by the end of the third. Despite hitting only 3 of 10 free throws in the fourth they finished off with a 65-54 win.
Borden advances to 5-1 for the season and 3-0 in the Southern Athletic Conference.
After the game Braves coach Nash said, “When we pass and catch the ball we can get a great shot. If we let them take it we don’t do well. I thought Brandon Tompson played very hard and played well above his height.
Leading scorers for Borden were Caleb Hart 26 and Nathan Bachman with 18.
Leading scorers for Crothersville were Scheonfelder 14, Wedeman 13 and Mollet with 10.