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Basketball: Broncos' rally falls short against Newman Smith
Denton boys basketball coach Harold Jackson admits he's pleased with the Broncos' ability to fight back from big deficits and go on big runs to climb back into lopsided games.
He just wishes they'd do it before falling behind instead of after.
Down 13 points in the third quarter, Denton mounted a furious rally but fell short against Carrollton Newman Smith on Tuesday at The Purple Pit for its fourth straight loss and remains winless on the year.
"We've been able to come back from our deficits and get back into ball games," Jackson said. "That's the one consistent thing we've done. It would be nice, though, to play even with a team or be ahead of a team when we have one of those runs like that instead of having to come from behind and try to win the game."
The Broncos (0-4) had lost their previous three games heading into Tuesday's matchup by double-digits, but had managed to make them interesting. They played nearly even with Dallas Carter on Saturday after an awful second quarter and actually led both McKinney North and Sanger before collapsing late in the game.
This time, Denton came much closer to winning. The end result, however, was the same.
Newman Smith (1-3) went up 34-21 early in the third quarter with the help of an 11-0 run that spanned much of the second quarter. The Trojans looked to be firmly in control after Denton struggled to hit just two field goals in the second quarter while turning the ball of six times.
The third quarter signified a total turnaround, though, as the Broncos scored 10 straight points to close the deficit to three and, after watching Newman Smith build its lead back up to seven, used another 8-0 run to actually take a brief 55-54 lead with just over six minutes left to play.
"We just started not turning the ball over," Jackson said. "We started hustling, forcing turnovers of our own and converting them into points. That's what gave us the chance to be successful at the end."
After a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the Broncos managed to tie the game with 3:20 left to play after a quick steal and layup by Eziekel Johnson. With the momentum seemingly in its favor, Denton looked primed to complete the comeback and earn its first win of the season.
Then, as suddenly as it started, the comeback stalled.
The Broncos went the next five possessions without scoring another point, despite Newman Smith's own offensive struggles. The Trojans managed to build a 59-56 lead over the next 2:30 and, despite a late basket by J.J. Harper that cut the lead to one again, Newman Smith held on after three late free throws by Darrion Brown.
Harper hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the deficit to one as the clock expired.
While Jackson was disappointed with the loss, he was pleased with the improvement that he saw in his young team. The Broncos lost much of their talent from last year, including star guard Keyvin Moss.
"It's all about the process," Jackson said. "I think that was the best game that we've played all year. When you have a young group of kids like this it takes time for them to come up. We just need to keep getting better every week."
MARSHALL MOORE can be reached at 940-566-6869. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrollton Newman Smith 62, Denton 61
Newman Smith 16 14 14 18 -- 62
Denton 13 8 16 24 -- 61
Newman Smith (1-3) - Darrion Brown 18, Edward Williams 9, David Lewis 7, Chris Scaife 6, Walter Rickett 6, Trey Pickney 5, Alexander Wilson 4, Robert Mason 2, Ben Higginbotham 2, Stephan Nezianya 2, Jaylen Cole 1
Denton (0-4) - Isaac Johnson 13, J.J. Harper 11, Rodney Brown 8, Michael Jackson 7, Manny Patterson 7, Devonte Hicks 5, Eziekel Johnson 4, Chris Moore 4, Matthew Perry 2.