Cerro Gordo adds another chapter to magical season

By: Dave Fultz

By: Dave Fultz

By: Dave Fultz

By: Dave Fultz

ARTHUR – Cerro Gordo coach Scott Bacon knows about the history his team is making this season, and so do his players.

"It's been a long time," Bacon said after his Broncos wrapped up the Little Okaw Valley Conference tournament championship. "Too long if you ask me."

The Broncos made good on their first appearance in the tournament title game since 1983.

"This program was great at one time," Bacon said, "and we are just starting to get back where we need to be. We are doing things that we haven't done in a long time."

In front of a packed gym at Arthur High, the Broncos took the lead just before halftime and held on to beat Lovington 50-46 on Saturday night.

"We just played our game," Bacon said. "We just tried to get the ball down to Travis (Johnson), and Drew (Minton) had a great game as always. We had a bunch of guys who were able to hit shots when we needed them to down the stretch, and that is the difference in this game."

Minton helped Cerro Gordo rally from an early hole.

"We just started to play great defense as a team, and I was able to get some opportunities and make my shots," Minton said. "I knew we needed to get back in it before the half if we were going to win."

Cerro Gordo led by as many as 14 points in the second half, but the Panthers made a run. ,

Dan Bolsen scored a game-high 21 points and Andy Askins had 17 for the Panthers.

Cerro Gordo inched within five wins of 1,000 in the program's history.

"Our kids get it, and they take so much pride in what we are doing right now," Bacon said. "I'm so proud of this team because they really understand what is important.

"They've had a revolving door with coaches in the past and had guys who didn't believe in the program, but this team really plays for the name 'Broncos' that is on the front of their jersey.

"With these guys, it's always about the team," Bacon said. "You can ask each and every one of them and they will tell you it's about playing hard and getting things back to the way they used to be; they remind me of it every day."

Villa Grove 64, Arcola 52

Travis Parsley recorded 22 points to lead the Blue Devils in the fifth-place game. Travis Albin added 15 points and seven rebounds for Villa Grove.

Zac Ozee paced the Purple Riders with 21 points and 11 boards.

Arthur 68, Tri-County 61

Tim Wilson scored 21 points as the Knights won in overtime. Wes Dukeman posted 11 points for Arthur.

Jake Montgomery (15 points), Justin Massie (11) and Cody Meyer (10) led Tri-County.

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