Five weeks have passed since Broadmoor’s season-opening loss to Tara.
The Buccaneers not only showed the Trojans just how much they’ve grown up, but they returned the favor as well.
Broadmoor atoned for its biggest defeat of the season — a 26-point setback — by slowing the pace of Tara’s offense and delivered a 42-38 road victory Monday.
“We didn’t want to have an up-and-down affair,” Broadmoor coach Terrence Gillette said. “They scored over 20 points in three quarters last time, and we’re not that type of team. The guys played hard and stuck to the plan.”
Broadmoor (7-5), which won for the fifth time in its last six games, relied on the double-digit scoring of forward Brian Smith (15) and guard Anthony Drye (10).
Smith scored 10 of his game-high total in the second half when Broadmoor wiped away a 26-22 halftime deficit with a 12-2 run that nearly consumed the entire third quarter.
Smith scored his team’s first four points and added a lay-in off a feed from Drye that broke the game’s fifth tie and provided the Buccaneers with the lead for good at 30-28 with 2:26 left.
“We talked about not being selfish,” Gillette said. “We said to not make one pass and shoot the ball. We wanted to work it around and see what they’ll give us. We’re just trying to teach the guys how to play.”
Tara (7-8), which won the first meeting 80-54, led 9-2 midway through the first quarter and again at halftime with Paul Johnson scoring seven of his 10 points and Youry White five of his nine.
Tara attempted to draw Broadmoor out of its 2-3 zone in the third quarter by holding the ball and dribbling time off the clock.
The Bucs didn’t relent, forced the Trojans into four of their 21 turnovers and seven straight missed shots to open the door for their third-quarter surge.
Johnson’s 15-footer at the buzzer was only his team’s second field goal of the quarter, drawing Tara to within 34-30.
“We didn’t carry that momentum over,” Tara coach Marqus Mitchell said. “We came out sluggish as if Broadmoor was going to quit and lay down because we’re Tara High. I told the kids we had to keep playing hard no matter who the opponent is, and we just didn’t play hard in my eyes.”
Broadmoor extended its lead to 38-30 with eight unanswered points before Clifton Green’s 3-pointer with 1:39 to go stopped Tara’s drought that included seven straight missed shots.
The Trojans, who shot 24 percent (5 of 21) in the second half, closed to 38-35 on White’s putback only to have the Bucs respond with a layup from Devin Carlin and two free throws from Malik Jackson in the final minute of play.
“One of the seniors said seven’s the most wins they’ve won since he’s been here,” Gillette said. “We’re at that point, and it’s not even district yet. We want that winning attitude, and we just have to keep working.”