The Parker Broncs boys’ basketball team almost pulled off a come-from-behind win Friday, Jan. 29 over the Wickenburg Wranglers. After being down 16-4 in the first quarter, the Broncs came back and caught up with the Wranglers in the second half, even taking the lead midway through the fourth quarter. In the end, however, they came up short as the Wranglers took a 44-42 win.
It was a game that looked at first like it would be a blow-out. Instead, it became a nail-biter.
The Broncs looked sluggish at the start, and were behind 16-4 at the end of the first quarter. They came alive in the second quarter, and with two minutes left in the half, they had cut the gap to three points, 19-16. The Wranglers took things up a bit and led, 23-18, at halftime.
The second half saw the Broncs pressing, the Wranglers adding to their lead, and the Broncs coming close to catching up. At the end of the third quarter, the score was Wickenburg 32, Parker 27. Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, the Broncs had narrowed the gap to one point, 32-31.
The Wranglers redoubled their efforts and had a 37-31 lead with 5:45 left in the game. The Broncs came right back and narrowed it to one point again, 37-36, with 4:15 left. With 3:24 left, the Broncs took the lead, 38-37, on a layup from Jose Cazares.
That would be as close as the Broncs would get. The Wranglers took things even further up to take a 44-42 win. A big part of the success in the fourth quarter was five free throws from Kaden Conway.
Leo Scott Jr. led the Broncs with 10 points. Jason Rodriguez had 9, including a three-pointer. Jesse Carrillo had 8, and Cazares had 6. Jonathan Hernandez had 5 points, all in the fourth quarter. He had a three-pointer and two free throws.
David Cardines was Wickenburg’s top scorer with 14 points, including four three-pointers. Conway had 9 points, including seven free throws.
Parker Coach Rolland Hansen said the Broncs played well, but their inexperience was showing. He said they made a great effort in coming back like they did.
The Broncs had two other games this past week, and they lost both of them. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, they lost to the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks, 80-46 in Yuma. Scott led the Broncs with 20 points. Carrillo had 10, and Rodriguez had 6.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, the Broncs lost to the Kingman Academy Tigers, 47-40, at home. Scott scored 18 points and Rodriguez scored 11.
The Broncs are looking to break a four-game losing streak. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, they’ll face the Tonopah Valley Phoenix on the road. They’ll follow this with home games Wednesday against the River Valley Dust Devils and Friday against the Camp Verde Cowboys. Game time is set for 7 p.m. in the O.B. Francis Gym.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Arizona Interscholastic Association has restricted attendance at these games. Only two parents or guardians may attend per student athlete, and all those in attendance must practice social distancing.