|Borden Drops Two in Holiday Tourney First round game against Salem|
Borden Braves ran into a buzz saw in the first quarter as the matched basket for basket with the Salem Lions. The buzz saw part was all six of the Lions baskets were threes. Salem added a couple of free-throws to take a 20 to 12 lead. By half Salem used their height to penetrate and keep Borden out of the lane. Salem pushed their lead out to 33 to 18.
With a little over five minutes to play in the third Salem had pushed their lead out to 40 to 20 as Borden had difficulty developing an offense. Salem didn’t seem to do much better. By the end of the third the lead had been cut back to 14 points, 46 to 30 Salem.
The Braves came out in the fourth on fire as they went on a 20 to 8 run to pull within 4 at 54 to 50 Salem. But time had run out as the clock was down to only a minute to play.
Borden had made their comeback on turnovers and rebounding against Salem but in the last minute of the game the Braves could not score as Salem added a free throw to walk away with a 55 to 50 win.
Consolation game against West Washington
The Borden Braves faced the West Washington Senators and the game started out slowly. Both teams put up a determined defense and were not able to generate much offense. As the Braves took a 13 to 11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Braves picked up their offense early in the second pushing out to a 24 to 15 lead with three minutes to play. The Senators fought back with a 6 to 1 run to climb back to a seven point deficit by half 28 to 21 Borden.
After the half the ball handling was not strong on either side as both teams shared 12 turnovers between them in the third quarter. The Senators kept their momentum from the second quarter scoring 10 points as the Braves only put three points in the books. The highlight of the quarter was in the last second when Michael Sizemore of the Senators hit a three point shot from Borden’s free throw line.
By the end of the quarter Borden’s lead had been cut by the Senators to 33 to 31
The Senators responded hitting 18 of 22 free throws and four baskets for their biggest quarter of 26 points. This gave them the offense needed to win 57 to 50.