Sern Weishaar drives the land. Photo Sean Wahlfeldt (Wahlfeldt Photography)

Bronc Boys Basketball Over Holidays

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The 1-6 Belle Fourche Boys basketball squad drop four in a row over the holiday break but without a doubt are starting to find their rhythm as a team. So far this season Jet Jensen leads the team on the scoring side by averaging 18 points/game followed closely by Nolan Wahlfeldt with 14.4 points/ game. “The boys have fought hard in some tough matchups to start the season. We have been improving a lot in our defensive activity and help rotations and we are doing a good job of finding open shots for our scorers. We need to continue to improve on rebounding.” Coach pot stated. The Broncs finish out the month by hosting Lead/ Deadwood on January 9th, then traveling to Wall on Friday January 12th, followed by an away game in Hill City on the 16th, and rounding out the month with a home game vs Bowman ND on Saturday the 20th and traveling to Harding County on Thursday the 25th.

Belle vs. Hot Springs

The Bronc boys traveled to Hot Springs on December 22nd for a Region matchup against the Hot Springs Bison. The Bison’s defense and gritty style of play proved to be too much for the Broncs as they fell by a score of 42-75. Jet Jensen led the Broncs by putting in 21 points including three from beyond the arc. “We did some good things for a couple of runs last night against a tough and experienced Hot Springs team,” said Coach Pottorff. Nolan Wahlfeldt had 6 points for the Broncs while Rance Bowden put in 4. Other players to get in the point column were Harvey Walding and Isaac Voyles who each contributed 3 points, Jonah Musilek, and Emitt Lipp each scoring 2 points. Jet Jensen and Nolan Wahlfeldt each had 5 rebounds.

In JV Boys action the Broncs squeaked by the Bison by a score of 54-52. Sern Weisaar led the charge with 18 points, while Harvey Walding and JP Jensen both put up 10 points apiece.

Red Cloud vs. Belle Fourche

Despite an outstanding offensive effort by Nolan Wahlfeldt the Broncs lost a heartbreaker at home to the Red Cloud Crusaders on December 30th by a score of 57-54. The Broncs struck first on a Nolan Wahlfeldt 3 pointer, which would be the only time they would lead during the game. Both the Broncs and Crusaders pushed the pace of play throughout the game with the Broncs forcing a number of turnovers, but struggled to capitalize down the stretch. Wahlfeldt led all scorers with 31 points, a career high for the senior. Rebounding in key situations throughout the game on both ends of the court stymied the Broncs late push, at one point erasing a 14-point deficit in the 4th quarter. “We played hard in the second half and did some good things, but it comes down to not grabbing a few rebounds during big possessions,” stated Coach Pottorff.

Belle Fourche Scoring: Nolan Wahlfeldt 31, Jet Jensen 12, Rance Bowden 4, Isaac Voyles 3, Sern Weishaar 2, Harvey Walding 2

Three Point Field Goals: Belle Fourche 5 (Wahlfeldt 3, Jensen 1, Voyles 1)

Belle Fourche vs. St. Thomas More

The Bronc Boys traveled to St. Thomas More to battle the Cavaliers on Tuesday January 2nd.

The young Bronc team utilized an arsenal of players to keep the game within reach during the first half of play by putting pressure on the undefeated Cavalier team but could not hold on eventually just coming up short by a score of 44-66. “We handled STM’s pressure well in the first half, and battled them on the defensive end well. They wore us down a little bit in the 3rd quarter, but we are getting better each game and starting to play some quality basketball. We just need to continue to clean up our rebounding,” Coach Pottorff stated. The Cavalier duo of Turner Thompson and Wyatt Gylfen found their stroke from beyond the arc in the second half combining for 35 points. Nolan Wahlfeldt was the leading scorer for the Broncs putting in 13 points, followed by Jet Jensen with 7. Senior Carter McKenna had a season high 6 points while battling hard in the paint throughout the evening.

Belle Fourche Scoring: Nolan Wahlfeldt 13, Jet Jensen 7, Carter McKenna 6, Isaac Voyles 6, Rance Bowden 3, Sern Weishaar 3, Rexton Audiss 2, Harvey Walding 2, Kyran Nulle 2.

Three Point Field Goals: Jet Jensen 1

Belle Fourche vs. Douglas

The Bronc boys jumped to an early lead on Saturday afternoon but could not hold on after a 2nd half comeback by the Patriots losing by a score of 65-73. The Patriots were led by Jason Fisher who dropped a staggering 33 points on the Broncs and proved to be too strong in the paint throughout the afternoon. It seemed that Belle Fourche controlled the pace of play the first half, but were outscored in the 3rd quarter by a score of 20-7. The Broncs had three players in double digits led by Jet Jensen with 27 points, Nolan Wahlfeldt with 18 points, and Sern Weishaar with 10 points. Half Time adjustments by Douglas proved to be the difference in the game. “We lost our edge in the 2nd half and let their athletes get loose and gain rhythm. After that it was hard to slow them down,” stated coach Pottorff. The Broncs will host Lead/Deadwood on Tuesday the 9th.

Belle Fourche Scoring: Jet Jensen 27, Nolan Wahlfeldt 18, Sern Weishaar 10, Isaac Voyles 6, Carter McKenna 4.

Three Point Field Goals: Jet Jensen 6, Sern Weishaar 2, Isaac Voyles 2, Nolan Wahlfeldt 1.