The Broncos in the game against Westlake last night. Photo by Lissie Flanagan.
By S. Quinn DeJoy and J. Murrer
Feb. 5, 2020: The Bronxville boys’ basketball team is peaking at just the right time. The 9-6 Broncos may have been the underdog going into last night’s game against the 10-3 Westlake Wildcats, but they pulled off a convincing 68-58 win.
“I think this is one of the most talented basketball teams to come through Bronxville,” said senior Captain Will Flanagan. “I just think we needed some time to bring all the pieces together. We have a lot of young athletes, and we are just starting to fire on all cylinders now.”
Bronxville had a strong start against Westlake taking as much as a 15-point lead during the first half. The Wildcats were able to close the gap to four by halftime, but the Broncos were up to the challenge and never relinquished the lead.
“When we play loose and fast and play to our strengths,” said Flanagan, “that’s when the best outcomes happen. When we are running and having fun, our talent and ability to score really show.”
Flanagan was the top scorer with 21 points, and sophomore teammate Chris Kelty scored 20. Flanagan has averaged 14 points per game this season, and Kelty has averaged 15. Other key players include sophomore Jack Herschberg (10.1 PPG) and freshman Sean McGrath (7 PPG, with 8.2 assists per game).
The win against Westlake marks the fourth consecutive win for the Broncos, who had two wins against Keio (72-40, 76-38) and one win against Edgemont (67-56) last week.
This year’s team has seven returning players but is a very young team made up of three seniors, two juniors, six sophomores, and one freshman.
“Being extremely young brings its own little obstacles, but this group has done an amazing job of completely coming together as a family,” said third-year coach Bobby Russo.
Coach Bobby Russo, Captain Liam Ruddy, and Captain Will Flanagan. Photo by Lissie Flanagan.
The end of the season is rapidly approaching, and the Broncos have only four games remaining against Blind Brook (10-7), Children’s Village (2-12), Tuckahoe (7-10), and Rye Neck (8-8) before the seeding for playoffs takes place.
There are 19 teams in Class B, and Bronxville moves to 6th place with the win over Westlake (KDJblog.com). In league standings, the Broncos, who are in League B along with Blind Brook, Rye Neck, Edgemont, and Keio, are in second place behind Blind Brook.
The Broncos will play at home tonight against Blind Brook. They lost to the Trojans earlier in the season (55-48) but will be looking for a big win tonight.
“We felt in that last game that we didn’t give them our best shot,” said Flanagan. “It was their homecoming game, so they had a huge crowd. Having them come to us is really important. We have been waiting all season to get another shot at them.”
Game time is 6:00p.m.
Freshman Sean McGrath (4). Photo by Bill Bumbolow.
Chris Kelty (13). Photo by Bill Bumbolow.
Jack Herschberg (14). Photo by Bill Bumbolow.
Will Flanagan (15). Photo by Bill Bumbolow.