- Cullman, Alabama

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November 23, 2013

PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Broncos, Saints pick up pair of Friday-night wins

NEW HOPE — This year’s batch of Bronco boys are developing a reputation for insanely fast starts.

Holly Pond lit up the scoreboard for 36 points in the first quarter, junior Cody Jones had a coming out party with 21 points overall and the Green and White kept their record spotless with an 85-64 road win over area-rival New Hope Friday night.

The Broncos (3-0, 1-0 in area play) built a 36-13 lead following the first frame and held 52-33 and 75-54 advantages at the other quarter breaks.

There was a great deal of balance among Holly Pond’s top scorers. Colby Adams and Austin Smith joined Jones with 20 and 18 points, respectively.

The Green and White will now have a few days to rest before hosting Cullman Tuesday at home. They’ll likely need every bit of it, seeing as the Bearcats, much like the Broncos, bring a fast-paced style to the table on both sides of the court.

% Danville 61, Good Hope 50: Despite a near triple-double by Alex Cofer and a high-scoring showing from cousin Andrew Cofer, the Raiders fell on the road in Friday’s area contest.

Alex racked up 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, while Andrew tickled the twine for 20 points.

Good Hope (1-2, 0-1) will look to snap its two-game skid Monday at Priceville.

% St. Bernard 46, Southeastern 39: Down 31-30 after leading most of the first three quarters Friday, the Saints kicked it into gear for the last stanza, outscoring the Mustangs 16-8 over the stretch to escape with the road victory.

“We were physically a little beat up, but we sucked it up,” said first-year St. Bernard coach Greg Boatright, whose team had played a hard-fought ballgame against Meek the night before.

John Gurtowski and Evan Aldridge paced the Saints with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Dean Smith and Jacob Gray were next in line with nine and eight points, followed by Gavin Harris and Matt Herring, who each tallied three.

% Meek 50, St. Bernard 42: The Saints flipped the script on their showdown with Southeastern, taking a 32-30 lead into the fourth quarter Thursday before being outscored 20-10 in the final eight minutes to come up just short in their area opener.

Gurtowski was good for 17 points, while Smith and Harris both rounded up nine. Aldridge scored five points, and Gray had two.

“We played hard. Just made a couple correctable mistakes in the fourth quarter that they capitalized on,” Boatright said. “As far as effort, though, I like the way these boys are working. They’re getting much, much better.”

Meek received a balanced output from Scott Irving (14 points), Phillip Hayes (11) and Jeremiah Banks (10).

St. Bernard (3-4, 0-1) will enjoy a lengthy break before picking back up against Addison, another area foe, Dec. 3 on the road.

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