By Taylor Lee
Another tough loss came all too quickly for Berthoud’s boys’ basketball team Tuesday night. After losing to Windsor last week, the team knew it would have an uphill battle to defeat Broomfield at home.
But the Eagles made sure that wouldn’t happen with a 73-51 victory.
Broomfield opened an early 10-point lead and never looked back. Junior Joel Maly stopped the early bleeding with a pair of free throws, but Broomfield maintained its advantage, holding a 24-12 lead to open the second quarter.
Maly scored 12 of his 20 points in the first half, while senior Jeff Shields scored four in the first two quarters, but the duo didn’t have enough to carry the Spartans to the upset.
“Our biggest problem is not starting out with enough intensity. We need to put four quarters of good basketball together,” Maly said. “We need to shoot the ball better.”
Shields finished with 15 points and freshman Zach Rubesam added six.
“Our shooting, intensity and defense needs to improve for us to do better,” Shields said. “We spotted them too big of a lead in the beginning and let it spread to 22 in the end. If we would have played with our full intensity the whole game we could have kept them to a six-point lead.”